Primp is a word that is best illustrated by girls getting ready for a ball––it means to groom yourself elaborately.

Primp is a word that was very popular in the 19th century. In "Little Women" and other novels by Louisa May Alcott, girls waste much time primping, when they ought to be grooming their character and thinking about their behavior instead.

Definitions of primp
  1. verb
    dress or groom with elaborate care
    synonyms: dress, plume, preen
    dress, get dressed
    put on clothes
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    type of:
    attire, deck out, deck up, dress up, fancy up, fig out, fig up, get up, gussy up, overdress, prink, rig out, tog out, tog up, trick out, trick up
    put on special clothes to appear particularly appealing and attractive
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