\ ˈprimp How to pronounce primp (audio) \
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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Hang primps the nails of major celebs like Kate Hudson and Kaley Cuoco. Yerin Kim, Seventeen, "Meet the Seventeen Beauty Awards Experts," 17 May 2019 Scroll through to catch a glimpse of your favorite celebrities primping and more backstage snapshots from the 2019 awards show. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Best Celebrity Instagrams from the 2019 Oscars," 24 Feb. 2019 Here’s what stylist and colorist so often don’t tell you: It’s near impossible to copy the celebrity hairstyle de jour because celebrities have the best-of-the-best on call to primp and perfect each strand. Alexandra Engler, Harper's BAZAAR, "I Got My Hair Colored Like Jennifer Aniston At An Invite-Only Hollywood Salon," 29 Aug. 2018 While primping for the award show, the Westworld star displayed her voluminous, diffused curls defining her face, dramatic smokey topaz eyeshadow with a wink, while her makeup artist applied a soft pink lipstick with a lip brush. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Best Celebrity Instagrams From The 2019 Golden Globes," 7 Jan. 2019 With the holidays officially kicked into high gear, getting ready for a festive night out affords one the opportunity to have some unabashed fun while primping. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Miley Cyrus Pulls Off the Easiest (and Prettiest!) Holiday Hair Trick Yet," 21 Dec. 2018 With teams of three to four people each, every coach receives a fair amount of primping during each commercial break, from powder applications to flyaway hair corrections. Alisa Wolfson, Country Living, "'The Voice' Behind-the-Scenes Secrets That No One Ever Knew," 15 Dec. 2018 In preparation for the show, models are primped and primed to perfection, so come show day, not a trace of body hair, cellulite, or stretch marks are in sight. Shammara Lawrence, Teen Vogue, "9 Size-Inclusive Lingerie Brands to Support Instead of Victoria's Secret," 14 Nov. 2018 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

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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


\ ˈprimp How to pronounce primp (audio) \
primped; primping

Kids Definition of primp

: to dress or arrange in a careful or fussy manner

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