Definition of primp in English:



  • Spend time making minor adjustments to one's hair, make-up, or clothes.

    ‘girls were primping in front of the mirror’
    [with object] ‘she was primping her stiff hair’
    • ‘Walking over to the door, I primped my hair a bit and smiled.’
    • ‘You primp, you preen, you eat just right enough to get that bathing suit to hang just so.’
    • ‘I prefer wearing my hair down and spending my time doing things other than primping.’
    • ‘He primped and preened for the cameras like a Hollywood diva.’
    • ‘Unlike some people I know, I don't need to spend hours primping and admiring myself in the mirror.’
    • ‘I had spent the afternoon before primping - washing my hair, deliberating over clothes, and carefully applying makeup, all with Trisha's help.’
    • ‘Meg slipped on her long pink dress, and stood in front of the mirror, primping her hair playfully.’
    • ‘Oh, and let me tell you… I already did my hair, brushed my teeth, shaved, plucked, primped, deodorized, sprayed myself with cologne and got dressed before he even picked out the underwear he was going to wear.’
    • ‘The contestants primp and preen, surrounded by clucking coteries of friends and parents.’
    • ‘And now here he is, primping his hair, smoothing down the front of his striped shirt just to get the relationship back on track.’
    • ‘Her normally neat and primped hair was now disheveled and arranged on her head as though she'd purposely stuck her head out of a car window on the highway.’
    • ‘There's a reporter who has no idea the cam is on and he's rehearsing and primping and preening.’
    • ‘She's always primping, putting on makeup, taking extraordinary care with her hair, her looks, her clothes.’
    • ‘Varsha was a respectable opponent, but she spent most of her time out of the arena primping and shopping, caring for nothing more than her appearance in public.’
    • ‘And they are right to some extent - I'm not an exercise buff, I don't starve myself, and I don't spend hours primping in front of the mirror.’
    • ‘She looked at her fingernails with great interest and, seeming satisfied, moved on to primp her hair.’
    • ‘She primped her hair one more time, and blotted her lips once, for good luck.’
    • ‘The contestants, from 11 Asian countries, Germany and France, primped backstage as they answered questions about themselves.’
    • ‘Saturday night, Kara was primping in front of the mirror and nervously fussing with her hair.’
    • ‘Time we'd got home and I'd put our lunch together, the afternoon was well under way and so we decided I should absent myself again while Graham dashed round to primp and preen the place and see the visitors through.’
    clean, tidy, groom, smooth, arrange
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Late 16th century: related to prim.