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verb (used with object)
  1. to dress or adorn with care.
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verb (used without object)
  1. to groom oneself carefully: The photographer waited while we primped.
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Origin of primp

First recorded in 1795–1805; akin to prim1


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Related Words

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

Examples from the Web for primp

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Historical Examples

  • 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


  1. to dress (oneself), esp in fine clothes; prink
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Word Origin

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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