\ 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.
Recent Examples on the Web 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,, "Ryan Murphy’s Hollywood Limited Series Binge Club: Episodes 1-7," 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, "Bella Hadid Brings High Drama to Dior’s Masked Ball," 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, "Why Tales of Female Trios Are Newly Relevant," 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, "What’s new in Las Vegas? Dazzling nightclubs, delicious new places to eat, hilarious shows," 22 Feb. 2020 The perfectly primped and poised black poodle took home the title at the 144th edition of the contest, despite the crowd's support for a golden retriever named Daniel. CBS News, "Siba the standard poodle wins "Best in Show" at Westminster Dog Show," 12 Feb. 2020 Plain or primped up with poutine fixings, these fries are highly addictive. Anchorage Daily News, "Miss the old Roadrunner on Arctic? Alleyway Grille just might be your jam.," 5 Feb. 2020 With the help from the best hairstylists, makeup artists, stylists, manicurists and facialists in the business, celebrities get primped and pampered before the show — and get brutally honest on social media about everything that goes down. Kaitlyn Frey,, "Glam Time! See How All the Stars Are Getting Ready for the 2020 SAG Awards," 19 Jan. 2020 Still, they are fulfilled, helping nerdy teens primp for the big dance and making a happy workplace for their two employees, Barrett (Billy Porter) and Sydney (Jennifer Coolidge). Rumaan Alam, The New Republic, "Women Can’t Have It All, Even at the Movies," 22 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of primp

circa 1590, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for primp

originally Scots, of uncertain origin

Note: See note at prim entry 1.

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The first known use of primp was circa 1590

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“Primp.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 May. 2021.

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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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