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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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Examples from the Web for primping
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  • The Governor, primping with the greatest deliberation, had never been calmer.

    Blacksheep! Blacksheep! Meredith Nicholson
  • Then began a general “primping” time, as the supper hour approached.

    The Motor Girls on the Coast Margaret Penrose
  • We called to you girls but you were primping in your room and didn't answer.

    Two Little Women Carolyn Wells
  • Here the heroine does her plotting, flirting, and primping, etc.

  • He spent much time in "primping" himself and the boys called him "the dude."

  • The same day that we got home they were up on the ways for a final polishing and primping up.

    The Seiners

    James B. (James Brendan) Connolly
  • She lost no time in primping and preparing, but was on the road before Sol had gone a quarter of a mile.

    The Bondboy

    George W. (George Washington) Ogden
  • "primping, as usual," mocked Russ, but with a laugh that took the sting out of his words.

  • Then he jumped from his chair and ran into the store, where the new retail customer was primping in front of the mirror.

    Potash & Perlmutter Montague Glass
  • There was a last-minute flurry of combing and primping, and then she rustled out of the room, her head erect, her eyes shining.

    She Knew He Was Coming Kris Neville
British Dictionary definitions for primping


to dress (oneself), esp in fine clothes; prink
Word Origin
C19: probably from prim
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Word Origin and History for primping



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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