\ˈprimp \
primped; primping; primps

Definition of primp 

transitive verb

: to dress, adorn, or arrange in a careful or finicky manner

intransitive verb

: to dress or groom oneself carefully primps for hours before a date

Examples of primp in a Sentence

The girls spent hours primping in front of the mirror. He primped his hair while waiting for his date.

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But what about the good stuff that comes after — the decorating, designing, painting, and primping? Peggy Truong, Cosmopolitan, "11 Confessions From Celebrity Interior Designers," 1 Sep. 2016 To primp the sagacity of their remarks, their illustrious pedigrees are paraded. Stephen Phillips, San Francisco Chronicle, "Tech books by Billy Gallagher, Emily Chang, Chris Hughes, Andrew Keen," 2 Mar. 2018 Maybe his competitors notice Daly’s primping and preening and sigh, if with a smile. Paul Myerberg, USA TODAY, "2018 Winter Olympics: U.S. skeleton racer John Daly is 'man with the $1 million haircut'," 15 Feb. 2018 But the real treat at the Westminster Dog Show happens behind the scenes, where the dogs get primped and polished before making their big entrances. Kim Bubello, Time, "These Photos of Westminster Dogs Getting the Star Treatment Are Exactly What You Need Today," 13 Feb. 2018 Yesterday, Bella Hadid turned 21 years old, an event that kicked off with some mandatory morning primping on Instagram—and ended with a special celebratory dinner. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, "Gigi and Bella Hadid Have a Fire-and-Ice Beauty Moment in New York City," 10 Oct. 2017 The charming vanity in her closet was found at an estate sale by the folks at Rustic Ranch in Valley View and was primped, painted and reupholstered just for her. By Gaile Robinson Photos By Ross Hailey, star-telegram, "Gainesville home is a natural, Texana-style beauty," 4 Oct. 2017 After being properly primed and primped, Ethan waits while Britt gets her hair and makeup done in the salon on wheels. David Perloff, Pacific San Diego Magazine, "Blind date: Measuring up," 30 Aug. 2017 Over five hours of the ABC network series, he was shown making an uncomfortable pitch for kisses, grunting while weightlifting, primping in the mirror and commenting on other contestants' budding relationships. Tracy Swartz,, "Chicago CEO barely gets a 'Bachelor in Paradise' exit," 21 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of primp

circa 1590, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for primp

perhaps alteration of prim entry 1

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English Language Learners Definition of primp

: to try to make yourself more attractive by making small changes to your clothes, hair, etc., especially while looking at yourself in a mirror


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Kids Definition of primp

: to dress or arrange in a careful or fussy manner

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