American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To dress or groom (oneself) with meticulous or excessive attention to detail.
- v. To dress or groom oneself with elaborate care; preen.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To dross or deck (one's self) in a formal and affected manner.
- To be formal or affected.
- v. To spend time improving ones appearance (often in front of a mirror).
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. Prov. Eng. & Scot. To be formal or affected in dress or manners; -- often with
- v. dress or groom with elaborate care
- Perhaps alteration of prim1. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“No woman, "primp" herself for the sitting as she may, can present her soul to the dapper gentleman under the canopy of black velvet as Sully saw it.”
“Female bonobos and chimpanzees have been seen to put dead rats on their heads and "primp" themselves in the mirror, suggesting that even fashion and vanity are not unique to humans.”
“Using a little water, smooth, primp or sculpt as desired.”
“Most stories do something satisfying with the mess of tedium and violence that is living; they give it focus and form, tone it up, calm it down, shape it tidily, fluff it or primp it or tame its wilder edges, until you have something sleek and purring in your hands, rather than the slightly unkempt beast that life usually resembles, with a tendency to charge at you out of dark places.”
“As for me, la délégatrice, I've got beds to make, a patio to sweep, flower pots to primp ... and one larger-than-life Mom to greet at the Marseilles airport tomorrow.”
“Coming with that, apparently, comes the ridiculous social calendar that my sister has planned out, so I'm just gonna upload some pictures to prove I actually got on the plane and go primp a bit.”
“And just as Hamlet's mother said, "the lady doth protest too much," "the narcissist doth brag, scorn, talk down, primp and belittle too much" in order to continually prove to the world and themselves that they are larger than life.”
“And it's refreshing to see a teenage female lead who doesn't primp or pine.”
“The closing up shopkeeper stars give us a final primp to themselves on that rising plane of light while birds of every fair feather smooth down the sharp shoulders of coming day with all but their brightest as if to say we know we are but shoelaces to her soon to be running along side the current alive wind's own two feet.”
“Los Angeles Magazine's Best of LA 2010 list includes the best places to shop and primp.”
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