Main definitions of perm in English

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noun

(also permanent wave)
  • A hairstyle produced by setting the hair in waves or curls and then treating it with chemicals so that the style lasts for several months.

    ‘I had a perm on Friday’
    • ‘What are some good styling options for short relaxed hair as a perm grows out?’
    • ‘Hair perm products use thioglycolic acid - a chemical that reacts with protein bonds in the hair.’
    • ‘Sure, people still perm their hair, it's just that the style of perm has changed.’
    • ‘And, what about hair coloring and perm solutions?’
    • ‘Keep in mind that no amount of moisturizing will completely restore perm-damaged hair because your hair's physical structure has been rearranged by the perm solution.’
    • ‘My mother had also given me a perm, so my hair would be easier to work with.’
    • ‘The hair was wound on wooden rods with the perm solution and rinsed with rods still in place.’
    • ‘She said this type - a rinse - leaves hair shiny while a permanent color will dull my hair because of the perm.’
    • ‘If you do your own hair and want to try a new style or temporary perm be sure to experiment before prom.’
    • ‘Her golden-brown hair had a new perm that framed her pretty face perfectly.’
    • ‘I got a hair cut, and a perm so I looked very cute I must admit!’
    • ‘If you frequent pools and are already exposing your hair to chlorine, it would be a good idea to wait until autumn before getting a chemical colour or perm.’
    • ‘Next, a neutralizing agent is applied and you have a final rinse, then a shampoo, condition and style; it's a bit like a reverse perm.’
    • ‘Sporting a bright blond perm and a rather constricted face, she's rather grating and uncomfortable to watch.’
    • ‘Also popular were spiral perms and body waves.’
    • ‘An intense woman with a tight perm rises to pay her bill and notices an acquaintance sitting alone.’
    • ‘Whoever told me I ought to get a perm was really very wrong indeed.’
    • ‘I got shouted at for chewing gum while handling the perm rods and I never worked there again.’
    • ‘Some girls' mothers took them to their salon, others were subjected to the dreaded home perm.’
    • ‘It's fine to use hair colourants and perm lotions on your hair, although you may find the results are unpredictable.’

Pronunciation

perm

/pərm/

transitive verb

[with object]
  • Set (the hair) in a perm.

    ‘her hair was permed and then set’
    • ‘If your hair has been permed or relaxed, color has to be applied carefully or it can weaken the structure of your hair.’
    • ‘Quickly she put her dark permed hair in a ponytail.’
    • ‘Sitting alongside the soldier was a girl whose hair had recently been permed by the local hairdresser.’
    • ‘A woman recently won compensation of 15,000 yuan after losing more than half her hair after it was permed at a local beauty salon.’
    • ‘The setting and tinting, and sometimes perming, make the hair more manageable.’
    • ‘Chelsea had her permed brown hair pulled back into a low chignon.’
    • ‘I told my hairdresser about it and she told me she'll try perming my hair next so that it'll curl like yours!’
    • ‘A generation of survivors, these women had an inner strength often belied by their floral dresses, permed hair, and fresh apple pies.’
    • ‘Katy had permed dark hair that hung almost to her waist.’
    • ‘It also became an offence for women to perm their hair or stretch it.’
    • ‘Don't bleach, color or perm your hair - this can weaken it.’
    • ‘I have never coloured my hair, I have permed it once’
    • ‘Her hair was permed and styled, tumbling down to her shoulders in perfect ringlets.’
    • ‘They all have their hair nice and permed or coloured.’
    • ‘The hairdressing departments had cubicles so that women were not seen by other customers having their hair set or permed.’
    • ‘Recently her hair had been dyed crimson, permed and braided, and lay in neat disarray about her narrow shoulders.’
    • ‘My hair salon offers eyelash tinting and perming.’
    • ‘Does perming, streaking, highlighting and colouring harm the hair?’
    • ‘This hair is considered the best as it is most open to coloring, perming, and styling.’
    • ‘Look at all the activities we do to our hair, we cut, shape, curl, perm, color, mousse, and spray it.’
    wavy, curling, curled, crimped, permed, frizzy, frizzed, kinked, kinky, crinkly, fuzzy, corkscrew

Pronunciation

perm

/pərm/

Origin

1920s abbreviation of permanent.

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perm2

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noun

informal British
  • A permutation, especially a selection of a specified number of matches in a soccer pool.

    • ‘a full perm of 8 from 11’
    arrangement, order, grouping, disposition, presentation, sorting, organization, combination, variation, transformation, transposition

Pronunciation

perm

/pərm/

transitive verb

[with object] informal British
  • Make a selection of (so many) from a larger number.

    • ‘one of the teams was to perm any 11 from 20’

Pronunciation

perm

/pərm/

Origin

1950s abbreviation of permutation.

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Perm3

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proper noun

  • An industrial city in Russia, in the western foothills of the Ural Mountains; population 987,200 (est. 2008).

    Former name (1940–57) Molotov

Pronunciation

Perm

/pərm/