Definition of primp in English:



[no object]
  • Spend time making minor adjustments to one's hair, make-up, or clothes.

    ‘I spend hours primping in front of the mirror’
    with object ‘she was primping her stiff hair’
    • ‘You primp, you preen, you eat just right enough to get that bathing suit to hang just so.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He primped and preened for the cameras like a Hollywood diva.’
    • ‘I had spent the afternoon before primping - washing my hair, deliberating over clothes, and carefully applying makeup, all with Trisha's help.’
    • ‘And now here he is, primping his hair, smoothing down the front of his striped shirt just to get the relationship back on track.’
    • ‘She primped her hair one more time, and blotted her lips once, for good luck.’
    • ‘The contestants primp and preen, surrounded by clucking coteries of friends and parents.’
    • ‘Unlike some people I know, I don't need to spend hours primping and admiring myself in the mirror.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I prefer wearing my hair down and spending my time doing things other than primping.’
    • ‘She looked at her fingernails with great interest and, seeming satisfied, moved on to primp her hair.’
    • ‘The contestants, from 11 Asian countries, Germany and France, primped backstage as they answered questions about themselves.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Walking over to the door, I primped my hair a bit and smiled.’
    • ‘Saturday night, Kara was primping in front of the mirror and nervously fussing with her hair.’
    • ‘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's always primping, putting on makeup, taking extraordinary care with her hair, her looks, her clothes.’
    • ‘There's a reporter who has no idea the cam is on and he's rehearsing and primping and preening.’
    • ‘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.’
    clean, tidy, groom, smooth, arrange
    groom, tidy, arrange, brush, comb, smooth
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Late 16th century: related to prim.