primp

[ 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
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British Dictionary definitions for primp

primp

/ (prɪmp) /

verb

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

Word Origin for primp

C19: probably from prim
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Word Origin and History for primp

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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