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[pringk] /prɪŋk/
verb (used with object)
to deck or dress for show.
verb (used without object)
to deck oneself out.
to fuss over one's dress, especially before the mirror.
Origin of prink
1570-80; apparently akin to prank2
Related forms
prinker, noun Unabridged
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  • But they went up to their rooms first to prink and putter as Tom always called it.

    Ruth Fielding Down in Dixie Alice B. Emerson
  • What I have to endure, V., waiting while you prink, no tongue can tell.

    Peggy Laura E. Richards
  • "I suppose they all stopped to fuss and prink," said Nora, as she peered through the vines that screened the porch.

  • Maype you prink it back und anchor it off der lighthouse, hey?

    Isle o' Dreams Frederick F. Moore
  • Then I am going back to the hotel for an hour's rest and to prink, and afterwards into the Sporting Club at four o'clock.

    Mr. Grex of Monte Carlo E. Phillips Oppenheim
  • Thought I'd tell you so you could prink a little, Henrietta—my goodness!

    The Castaways of Pete's Patch Carroll Watson Rankin
  • And Polly ran into her own room, to prink also, fearing that her friend might be ashamed of her plain costume.

    An Old-fashioned Girl Louisa May Alcott
  • Only a few minutes would be needed, she declared, in which "to prink a bit."

    A Soldier's Trial Charles King
  • In flowers that prink the earth, and stars that gem the skies.

  • If I took as much time to prink as you do I believe I could fuss myself up to look like something.

    The Bachelors William Dana Orcutt
British Dictionary definitions for prink


to dress (oneself, etc) finely; deck out
(intransitive) to preen oneself
Derived Forms
prinker, noun
Word Origin
C16: probably changed from prank² (to adorn, decorate)
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