1. (UK Und.) a thief.
|‘Every man his Mode’ in Myrtle and Vine 82: The Player’s a Prigster of every kind, / Of every fashion, of every mind.|
2. a rival in love.
|Canting Academy (2nd edn).|
|Squire of Alsatia I i: The prigster lugged out in defence of his natural, the captain whipped his porker out, and away rubbed prigster and called the watch.|
|Dict. Canting Crew n.p.: Prigster c. a Rival in Love.|
|‘When My Dimber Dell I Courted’ in Musa Pedestris (1896) 48: Nor can any prig-star charm.|
|, , ,||Universal Etym. Eng. Dict. n.p.: prig-star A Rival in love.|
|, ,||Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue.|
|Grose’s Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue.|
|Vocabulum 70: prigstar A rival in a love affair.|
3. a general pej.
|Squire of Alsatia III 38: If you meet either your Father, or Brother, or any from those Prigsters, stick up thy Countenance.|
|Country Lasses V:i: Hah! Thou art a very pretty metaphorical prigster. Hearkye, Child, Go home presently,.|
|Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue.|
|One Thousand Eight Hundred 29: The Player’s a prigster of every kind, [...] Sometimes like a beggar, sometimes like a king, / A tragical, comical, whimsical thing.‘Every Man His Mode’ in|