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Prime, adj. 1) first (in time or excellence): “Prospero the p. duke,” Tp. I, 2, 72. “my p. request,” Tp. I, 2, 72 “from the p. creation,” R3 IV, 3, 19. “the p. man of the state,” H8 III, 2, 162. “to such proceeding who ever but his approbation added, though not his p. consent,” Per. IV, 3, 27. Comp. and Superl.: “there is no --r business,” H8 I, 2, 67 (more important). “the --st creature,” II, 4, 229.
2) ruttish (like beasts in spring-time): “were they as p. as goats, as hot as monkeys,” Oth. III, 3, 403.
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