primped; primping; primps

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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Word History


originally Scots, of uncertain origin

Note: See note at prim entry 2.

First Known Use

circa 1590, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

Time Traveler
The first known use of primp was circa 1590

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Cite this Entry

“Primp.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition


: to dress or arrange in a careful or fussy manner

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