prink

Definitions

  • He doesn't prink at his glass before coming
    He doesn't prink at his glass before coming
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v prink put on special clothes to appear particularly appealing and attractive "She never dresses up, even when she goes to the opera","The young girls were all fancied up for the party"
    • v prink dress very carefully and in a finicky manner
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. i Prink To dress or adjust one's self for show; to prank.
    • v. t Prink To prank or dress up; to deck fantastically. "And prink their hair with daisies."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • prink To look; gaze.
    • prink To prank; dress for show; adorn one's self.
    • prink To strut; put on pompous airs; be pretentious or forward.
    • prink To deck; adorn; dress ostentatiously or fantastically.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Prink pringk to adorn ostentatiously
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Probably a nasalized form of prick,. See Prick (v. t.), and cf. Prig Prank
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Weakened from prank.

Usage

In literature:

It must be recorded of Amy that she deliberately prinked that night.
"Little Women" by Louisa May Alcott
So I've caught you prinking!
"The New Girl at St. Chad's" by Angela Brazil
What I have to endure, V., waiting while you prink, no tongue can tell.
"Peggy" by Laura E. Richards
Pride prinks her brow for the deil to pouse.
"The Proverbs of Scotland" by Alexander Hislop
In the main street of Westchester they prinked, smoothing each other's rumpled dresses and straightening each other's peach-basket hats.
"IT and Other Stories" by Gouverneur Morris
They accepted with pleasure and withdrew to prink.
"The Campfire Girls on Ellen's Isle" by Hildegard G. Frey
He prinks in his violet robe of fine woven silk.
"The Poniard's Hilt" by Eugène Sue
Now he is washing his face," she whispered excitedly, "and is taking a mirror out of his pocket to prink.
"The Ranch Girls' Pot of Gold" by Margaret Vandercook
The clocks had struck two when he reached Leppard Street, and the houses confronted him, their roofs and chimneys prinked with stars.
"Sinister Street, vol. 2" by Compton Mackenzie
How the least prinking helps a woman!
"Woman" by Magdeleine Marx
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In poetry:

"And, General, how hold out our sweethearts,
Sworn loyal as doves?"
—"Many mourn; many think
It is not unattractive to prink
Them in sables for heroes. Some fickle and fleet hearts
Have found them new loves."
"The Souls Of The Slain." by Thomas Hardy