primp

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v primp dress or groom with elaborate care "She likes to dress when going to the opera"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. i. & t Primp To be formal or affected in dress or manners; -- often with up.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • primp To dross or deck (one's self) in a formal and affected manner.
    • primp To be formal or affected.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Primp primp (Scot.) to dress in an affected manner
    • v.i Primp to be affected
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. Prim (a.)

Usage

In literature:

Clarice went right on remaining in the social spotlight, primping and flirting.
"The University of Hard Knocks" by Ralph Parlette
The girls may want to primp a little before luncheon; we don't have a young man every day.
"The House Behind the Cedars" by Charles W. Chesnutt
He's always primping with a pocket looking-glass, From the top to the bottom he's a bold Jackass.
"Cowboy Songs" by Various
You haven't any time to primp.
"Prudence Says So" by Ethel Hueston
The Governor, primping with the greatest deliberation, had never been calmer.
"Blacksheep! Blacksheep!" by Meredith Nicholson
But I brought you something more to primp with.
"Patchwork" by Anna Balmer Myers
She looked real sweet, you know, primping herself that way.
"The Night of the Long Knives" by Fritz Reuter Leiber
I'd have liked to primp a little before posing for the camera.
"Ruth Fielding At College" by Alice B. Emerson
I is primp em up so nice.
"Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves" by Work Projects Administration
Also and further much primping in the dressing-room.
"Dishes & Beverages of the Old South" by Martha McCulloch Williams
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In poetry:

I am grown listless with the loss of you,
Weary with primping at the mirror now,
Without you, galmorous in admiration,
Smiling there behind my glowing hair.
"The Heavy Pendulum" by Isobel Stone

In news:

But at 52, Dave MacMasters is working what he says is his most satisfying job yet: primping pups and caring for cats as a small business owner.
Primp Agency hosts the third annual Primp the Runway Fashion Event and Food Drive 7 pm Dec 1 at the York City Ice Arena, 941 Vander Ave, York.
Primp Agency hair and makeup artists will recreate looks from "Dreamgirls".
Rescue-and-refresh methods to primp a patio.
Primping the Boys at Zegna.
The culture assumes that women will primp .
Primping for the presidency.
Primping Up at a Time When the Best Goes Begging.
We dodged blowdryers to steal a few moments with key players as they were primping.
The contestants are prepped and primped, sometimes for as much as $250,000, as if they were models getting ready to sashay down a prestigious runway.
Nothing takes the edge off a stressy, exhausting, I-hate-my-cankles kinda day like a little preggo primping.
Stars Zoe Saldana and Jennifer Lopez primp till they're pretty in pink .
And according to a new survey, all of that primping isn't purely for vanity's sake—a bad hair day can actually affect our mood.
Read on for a peek at my primping rituals and must-haves.
Stars Zoe Saldana and Jennifer Lopez primp till they're pretty in pink.
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