From the movie The Life of David Gale - "Socrates was ugly, Plato was fat, and, um, and Aristotle was a prissy dresser!"

What does the term "prissy dresser" actually mean?

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I assume the word with which you are having trouble is prissy.

It is a word of late-nineteenth century coinage, of US origin, defined by the OED as

Precise and over-particular; (affectedly) prim or prudish, esp. in a manner considered feminine or effeminate.

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