- to give (the hair) a permanent.
- to apply a permanent to the hair.
Origin of perm
First recorded in 1925–30; by shortening
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Examples from the Web for permed
At the time Milke entered death row, she was 26 years old, tall and slender with expressionless blue eyes and permed brown hair.Death Row Debbie Milke Could Soon Be Free
Terry Greene Sterling
May 26, 2013
- a hairstyle produced by treatment with heat, chemicals, etc which gives long-lasting waves, curls, or other shapingAlso called (esp formerly): permanent wave
- the act of giving or receiving such a hairstyle
- (tr) to give a perm to (hair)
- short for permutation (def. 4)
- 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
1927, shortened form of permanent wave (1909). The verb is first recorded 1928.
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