- to dress or adorn with care.
- to groom oneself carefully: The photographer waited while we primped.
Origin of primp
First recorded in 1795–1805; akin to prim1
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1, 2. preen, prettify, prink.
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Examples from the Web for primp
But does encouraging women to primp and doll—in the name of equal rights—really foster equality?Women Should Flaunt It at Work
August 25, 2011
They just sit around and primp up and read, and do things like that.The Rover Boys at Colby Hall
Arthur M. Winfield
Why, if I just primp a little more, Sally told herself, I'll be irresistible.The Calm Man
Frank Belknap Long
He ain't git fur 'fo' he see Brer Fox comin' down de road all primp up.
En he wuz all primp up, too, mon, en he look slick en shiny lak he des come outen de sto'.
It is just long enough so that, if we see anybody turn in, we can primp a little before they get to the house.The Girls of Hillcrest Farm
Amy Bell Marlowe
- to dress (oneself), esp in fine clothes; prink
C19: probably from prim
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Word Origin and History for primp
1801, probably an extension of prim (q.v.) in its verbal "dress up" sense; cf. Scottish primpit (c.1739) "delicate, nice." Related: Primped; primping.
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