verb (used with object)
to dress or adorn with care.
verb (used without object)
to groom oneself carefully: The photographer waited while we primped.

1795–1805; akin to prim1

1,2. preen, prettify, prink. Unabridged
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primp (prɪmp)
to dress (oneself), esp in fine clothes; prink
[C19: probably from prim]

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Word Origin & History

1801, probably an extension of prim (q.v.); cf. Scot. primpit (c.1739) "delicate, nice."
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Example sentences
It could also primp up its debt offer at the last minute.
Each day at the prison summer camp, the inmates primp as if they are on a first date.
As students primp and preen to wow their favorite colleges, there's one characteristic they can't control: their race.
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