A knavish beggar in the Beggar's Bush, by Beaumont and
A coxcomb, a conceited person Probably the Anglo-Saxon pryt or pryd. Prig. To filch or steal. Also a pick-pocket or thief.
The clown calls Autolycus a “prig that haunts wakes, fairs, and bear—
baitings.” (Shakespeare: Winter's Tale, iv. 3.)
In Scotch, to prig means to cheapen, or haggle over the price
asked; priggin means cheapening.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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