- to dress or adorn with care.
- 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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Examples from the Web for primping
The Governor, primping with the greatest deliberation, had never been calmer.Blacksheep! Blacksheep!
Then began a general “primping” time, as the supper hour approached.The Motor Girls on the Coast
We called to you girls but you were primping in your room and didn't answer.Two Little Women
Here the heroine does her plotting, flirting, and primping, etc.The Art Of The Moving Picture
He spent much time in "primping" himself and the boys called him "the dude."Ten years in the ranks, U.S. army
- to dress (oneself), esp in fine clothes; prink
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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