1. A person who demonstrates an exaggerated conformity or propriety, especially in an irritatingly arrogant or smug manner.
a. A petty thief or pickpocket.
b. A conceited dandy; a fop.
tr.v. prigged, prig·ging, prigs
To steal or pilfer.
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