Prim vs Austere - What's the difference?

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Prim is a related term of austere.


As a noun prim

is prime (the first note or tone of a musical scale).

As an adjective austere is

austere.

Other Comparisons: What's the difference?

prim

English

Etymology 1

(etyl) prim, prin, from (etyl) (lena) .

Adjective

(primmer)
  • prudish, straight-laced
  • formal; precise; affectedly neat or nice
  • prim''' regularity; a '''prim person
    (Jonathan Swift)
    Usage notes
    Often used in the collocation “prim and proper”.
    Derived terms
    * prim and proper * prissy

    Verb

  • (dated) To make affectedly precise or proper.
  • (dated) To dress or act smartly.
  • Etymology 2

    See privet.

    Noun

  • (botany) privet
  • (Webster 1913) ----

    austere

    English

    Adjective

    (en-adj)
  • Grim or severe in manner or appearance
  • The headmistress was an austere old woman.
  • Lacking trivial decoration; not extravagant or gaudy
  • The interior of the church was as austere as the parishioners were dour.

    Synonyms

    * (grim or severe) stern, strict, forbidding * (lacking trivial decoration) simple, plain, unadorned, unembellished

    Antonyms

    * (not lacking trivial decoration) overwrought, flamboyant, extravagant, gaudy, flashy

    Derived terms

    * austerity * austerely