perming

perm

[purm] Informal.
noun
1.
permanent ( def 4 ).
verb (used with object)
2.
to give (the hair) a permanent.
verb (used without object)
3.
to apply a permanent to the hair.

Origin:
1925–30; by shortening

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perm1 (pɜːm)
 
n
1.  Also called (esp formerly): permanent wave a hairstyle produced by treatment with heat, chemicals, etc which gives long-lasting waves, curls, or other shaping
2.  the act of giving or receiving such a hairstyle
 
vb
3.  (tr) to give a perm to (hair)

perm2 (pɜːm)
 
n
short for permutation

Perm (Russian pjermj)
 
n
Former name (1940--62): Molotov a port in W Russia, on the Kama River: oil refinery; university (1916). Pop: 984 000 (2005 est)

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Word Origin & History

perm
1927, shortened form of permanent wave (1909). The verb is first recorded 1928.
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Abbreviations & Acronyms
perm
  1. permanent

  2. permanent wave

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