Green’s Dictionary of Slang

prigster n.

also prigstar
[ext. of prig n.1 ]

1. (UK Und.) a thief.

[UK]G.S. Carey ‘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.

[UK]Head Canting Academy (2nd edn).
[UK]T. Shadwell 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.
[UK]B.E. Dict. Canting Crew n.p.: Prigster c. a Rival in Love.
[UK] ‘When My Dimber Dell I Courted’ in Farmer Musa Pedestris (1896) 48: Nor can any prig-star charm.
[UK]Bailey Universal Etym. Eng. Dict. n.p.: prig-star A Rival in love.
[UK]Grose Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue.
[UK]Lex. Balatronicum.
[UK]Egan Grose’s Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue.
[US]Matsell Vocabulum 70: prigstar A rival in a love affair.

3. a general pej.

[UK]T. Shadwell Squire of Alsatia III 38: If you meet either your Father, or Brother, or any from those Prigsters, stick up thy Countenance.
[UK]C. Johnson Country Lasses V:i: Hah! Thou art a very pretty metaphorical prigster. Hearkye, Child, Go home presently,.
[UK]Grose Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue.
[UK]G.S. Carey ‘Every Man His Mode’ in 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.