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primp

[primp] /prɪmp/
verb (used with object)
1.
to dress or adorn with care.
verb (used without object)
2.
to groom oneself carefully:
The photographer waited while we primped.
Origin of primp
1795-1805
1795-1805; akin to prim1
Synonyms
1, 2. preen, prettify, prink.
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Examples from the Web for primping
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  • 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
  • The Governor, primping with the greatest deliberation, had never been calmer.

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

    The Motor Girls on the Coast Margaret Penrose
  • "primping, as usual," mocked Russ, but with a laugh that took the sting out of his words.

  • We called to you girls but you were primping in your room and didn't answer.

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

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

  • 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
British Dictionary definitions for primping

primp

/prɪmp/
verb
1.
to dress (oneself), esp in fine clothes; prink
Word Origin
C19: probably from prim
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Word Origin and History for primping

primp

v.

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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