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

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Example Sentences

The girls spent hours primping in front of the mirror. He primped his hair while waiting for his date.
Recent Examples on the Web One of the more helpful documents Emerson found was Sparks’ first book, a 1967 self-help volume called Key to Happiness that offered advice on things like how to properly pluck one’s eyebrows or primp for a date. Elisabeth Garber-paul, Rolling Stone, 15 July 2022 Groomers competed live to primp out their poodles into fantastical works of art. Los Angeles Times, 9 Mar. 2022 Welcome to the 2022 Groom Expo West and its centerpiece event, the Andis Creative Styling Competition, where skilled groomers compete live to primp out their poodles into fantastical works of art. Los Angeles Times, 8 Mar. 2022 As soon as the Bucks won Game 5 to take a 3-2 lead in the series, Milwaukee began to primp and prepare to throw a party for itself on Tuesday night. Kent Somers, The Arizona Republic, 20 July 2021 Our four main actors — Jack, Rock, Camille, and Claire — prepare for their screen tests, with the girls primping while the guys work out in short shorts. Jean Bentley,, 4 May 2020 The above images take us behind-the-scenes as Hadid's team primped the belle of the ball ahead of her dramatic entrance with Dior Homme’s artistsic director Kris Van Assche. Edward Barsamian, Vogue, 23 Jan. 2018 The malleability of female identity is at the unsettling heart of the film, which is filled with reflective surfaces, windows and mirrors in which Millie is always primping. Megan O’grady, New York Times, 19 Feb. 2020 Las Vegas is a kaleidoscope, inconsistent and inconstant, always primping itself for the next starry-eyed wanderer to come along. Alex Pulaski | For The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, 22 Feb. 2020 See More

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Word History


originally Scots, of uncertain origin

Note: See note at prim entry 1.

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 18 Aug. 2022.

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Kids Definition


primped; primping
: to dress or arrange in a careful or fussy manner

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