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primp

[primp] /prɪmp/
verb (used with object)
1.
to dress or adorn with care.
verb (used without object)
2.
to groom oneself carefully:
The photographer waited while we primped.
Origin
1795-1805
1795-1805; akin to prim1
Synonyms
1,2. preen, prettify, prink.
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British Dictionary definitions for primp

primp

/prɪmp/
verb
1.
to dress (oneself), esp in fine clothes; prink
Word Origin
C19: probably from prim
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Word Origin and History for primp
v.

1801, probably an extension of prim (q.v.) in its verbal "dress up" sense; cf. Scottish primpit (c.1739) "delicate, nice." Related: Primped; primping.

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