to groom or dress up in a fussy way
Origin of primpprobably extension of prim
verbprimped, primp·ing, primps
- To dress or groom with meticulous or excessive attention to detail: I primped my hair for the date. Stylists primped the models before they appeared on the runway.
- To spruce up or arrange carefully: “waiters in vests and neckties primping white tablecloths” ( Pete Wells )
- To dress or groom oneself with elaborate care; preen.
- To spruce something up or arrange something carefully.
Origin of primpPerhaps alteration of prim 1
(third-person singular simple present primps, present participle primping, simple past and past participle primped)
- To spend time improving one's appearance (often in front of a mirr).