Share this entry

Share this page

primp

Syllabification: primp
Pronunciation: /primp
 
/

Definition of primp in English:

verb

[with object]
Spend time making minor adjustments to (one’s hair, makeup, or clothes): they primped his hair [no object]: the girls who were primping in front of the mirror
More example sentences
  • I had spent the afternoon before primping - washing my hair, deliberating over clothes, and carefully applying makeup, all with Trisha's help.
  • 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.
  • And now here he is, primping his hair, smoothing down the front of his striped shirt just to get the relationship back on track.
Synonyms
groom, tidy, arrange, brush, comb;
smarten (up), spruce up
informal titivate, doll up, tart up, gussy up

Origin

late 16th century: related to prim.

Definition of primp in:

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day prepotent
Pronunciation: prɪˈpəʊt(ə)nt
adjective
greater than others in power or influence