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perm

[purm]Informal.
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noun
  1. permanent(def 4).
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verb (used with object)
  1. to give (the hair) a permanent.
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verb (used without object)
  1. to apply a permanent to the hair.
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Origin of perm

First recorded in 1925–30; by shortening
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perm1

noun
  1. a hairstyle produced by treatment with heat, chemicals, etc which gives long-lasting waves, curls, or other shapingAlso called (esp formerly): permanent wave
  2. the act of giving or receiving such a hairstyle
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verb
  1. (tr) to give a perm to (hair)
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perm2

noun
  1. short for permutation (def. 4)
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Perm

noun
  1. a port in W Russia, on the Kama River: oil refinery; university (1916). Pop: 984 000 (2005 est)Former name (1940–62): Molotov
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Word Origin and History for permed

perm

n.

1927, shortened form of permanent wave (1909). The verb is first recorded 1928.

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