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[primp] /prɪmp/
verb (used with object)
to dress or adorn with care.
verb (used without object)
to groom oneself carefully:
The photographer waited while we primped.
Origin of primp
First recorded in 1795-1805; akin to prim1
1, 2. preen, prettify, prink. Unabridged
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  • 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.

    Nights With Uncle Remus Joel Chandler Harris
  • En he wuz all primp up, too, mon, en he look slick en shiny lak he des come outen de sto'.

    Nights With Uncle Remus Joel Chandler Harris
  • 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
  • He aint git fur 'fo' he see Brer Fox comin' down de road all primp up.

    Nights With Uncle Remus Joel Chandler Harris
  • There was one season in particular that I was careful to primp up and look sassy.

  • The boys ran off to "primp," and what the girls did to make themselves lovely, Libbie said "was a caution!"

British Dictionary definitions for primp


to dress (oneself), esp in fine clothes; prink
Word Origin
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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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