1 exaggeratedly proper; "my straitlaced Aunt Anna doesn't approve of my miniskirts" [syn: priggish, prim, prudish, puritanical, square-toed, straitlaced, strait-laced, straightlaced, straight-laced, tight-laced, victorian]
2 excessively fastidious and easily disgusted; "too nice about his food to take to camp cooking"; "so squeamish he would only touch the toilet handle with his elbow" [syn: dainty, nice, overnice, squeamish] [also: prissiest, prissier]
- Rhymes: -ɪsi
excessively prim, proper, particular or fussy
- Finnish: sievistelevä
Priscilla is an English female given name adopted from the italian Priscilla, derived from the Latin priscus (old). One suggestion is that it is intended to bestow long life on the bearer.
It appears in the New Testament variously as Priscilla and Prisca.
It first appears in English literature in Edmund Spenser's The Faerie Queen (1596) and was adopted as an English name by the Puritans in the 17th Century.
- Diminutive forms include Cilla, Pris, Prissy, and Scilla.
Famous bearers of the name include:
- Saint Prisca
- Priscilla, New Testament early Christian and companion to St. Paul
- Prisca (empress), wife of Diocletian and mother of Valeria Galeria
- Priscilla (singer), the name of several singers
- Priscilla Presley, wife of Elvis Presley
- Priscilla Barnes, actress
- Priscilla Owen, United States federal judge for the Fifth Circuit
- Priscilla Cooper Tyler, former First Lady of the United States
- The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, a film and subsequent musical
- Pris, character in the film Blade Runner
- Priscilla (French singer)