(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
adj. pedantic, affected; fastidious, prim, precious; conceited, egotistical. See affectation, vanity.
(Roget's IV) modif.
Syn. vain, proud, pompous; see egotistic 2 .
(Roget's Thesaurus II) adjective Marked by excessive concern for propriety and good form: bluenosed, genteel, old-maidish, precise, prim, prissy, proper, prudish, puritanical, strait-laced, stuffy, Victorian. Idiom: prim and proper. See PLAIN.

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