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

Synonyms for primp Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for primp

prepare, groom, slick, preen, spruce, titivate, smarten, spiff

Examples from the Web for primp

Contemporary Examples of primp

  • But does encouraging women to primp and doll—in the name of equal rights—really foster equality?

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    Women Should Flaunt It at Work

    Jessica Bennett

    August 25, 2011

Historical Examples of primp

  • They just sit around and primp up and read, and do things like that.

  • Why, if I just primp a little more, Sally told herself, I'll be irresistible.

    The Calm Man

    Frank Belknap Long

  • He ain't git fur 'fo' he see Brer Fox comin' down de road all primp up.

    Nights With Uncle Remus

    Joel Chandler Harris

  • En he wuz all primp up, too, mon, en he look slick en shiny lak he des come outen de sto'.

    Nights With Uncle Remus

    Joel Chandler Harris

  • It is just long enough so that, if we see anybody turn in, we can primp a little before they get to the house.

British Dictionary definitions for primp



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

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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