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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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Examples from the Web for primping

Historical Examples

  • The Governor, primping with the greatest deliberation, had never been calmer.

    Blacksheep! Blacksheep!

    Meredith Nicholson

  • Then began a general “primping” time, as the supper hour approached.

  • We called to you girls but you were primping in your room and didn't answer.

    Two Little Women

    Carolyn Wells

  • Here the heroine does her plotting, flirting, and primping, etc.

  • He spent much time in "primping" himself and the boys called him "the dude."

British Dictionary definitions for primping


  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 primping



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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