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v. primped, primp·ing, primps
1. 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.
2. To spruce up or arrange carefully: "waiters in vests and neckties primping white tablecloths" (Pete Wells).
1. To dress or groom oneself with elaborate care; preen.
2. To spruce something up or arrange something carefully.

[Perhaps alteration of prim.]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.primping - careful or finicky groomingprimping - careful or finicky grooming; "the primping alone took more than an hour"
grooming, dressing - the activity of getting dressed; putting on clothes
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Trump feigned primping his hair, then shrugged to the audience.
Not just that, a bit of primping is essential as it reflects our overall sense of well-being.
Along with their teachers, they came into school wearing brightly coloured wigs, or hats, with some dying their hair and primping it into outrageous hairstyles in aid of CLIC Sargent, a children's cancer charity, and managed to raise a massive PS600.
And then, without so much as five minutes for a cup of tea and a custard cream, it's straight into the Concours D'Elegance for some competitive polishing and primping for a place in the final.
AT 16 most young women are primping and preening in a bid to engage everyone around them.
Most of you Drycleaners are obsessed with washing, wiping, scrubbing, soaking, polishing and primping, while here in Bogeydom all of that type of behaviour is illegal.
Primping? Everybody wants to look their best, but it's a subway car, not a restroom,'' says one sign, accompanied by an illustration of a passenger squeezed between a primper and a shrapnel-spraying clipper.
Our pet-loving cousins in the USA have decided to dedicate a day to primping their pets - and we thought we'd like to see the snaps of your dressed-up furry friends.
Her mother in particular, thought her that beauty is not achieved by primping up or doing things that would enhance her external features.
Ajman resident Zalina Avetisian, 36, confessed she is amongst the women guilty of primping while driving to work in Dubai or before meetings.
While our leaders are primping their feathers for the benefit of the visiting international brigade, may they spare a thought for the hundreds of thousands of tourists who have been lured to Cardiff by the promise that they will be visiting a friendly, beautiful, care-free city.
Sephora's Eye For Color Mini Eye Brush Capsule set features all your essential brushes (shadow, crease, pointed and angled smudge), so primping your peepers on the go is a snap.