Definition of Preen

1. Verb. Clean with one's bill. "The birds preened"

Exact synonyms: Plume
Generic synonyms: Arrange, Set Up, Clean, Make Clean
Derivative terms: Plume



2. Verb. Pride or congratulate (oneself) for an achievement.
Exact synonyms: Congratulate
Generic synonyms: Crow, Gloat, Triumph
Derivative terms: Congratulation, Congratulatory

3. Verb. Dress or groom with elaborate care. "They preen themselves"; "She likes to dress when going to the opera"

Definition of Preen

1. n. A forked tool used by clothiers in dressing cloth.

2. v. t. To dress with, or as with, a preen; to trim or dress with the beak, as the feathers; -- said of birds.

Definition of Preen

1. Noun. A pin. ¹

2. Noun. A bodkin; brooch. ¹

3. Noun. A forked instrument used by clothiers in dressing cloth. ¹

4. Verb. (transitive) To pin; fasten. ¹

5. Verb. (context: of birds) To groom; to trim or dress with the beak, as the feathers. ¹

6. Verb. To show off, posture, or smarm. ¹

7. Verb. (UK dialect dated) To trim up, as trees. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Preen

1. to smooth or clean with the beak or tongue [v -ED, -ING, -S]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Preen

preemption
preemptioner
preemptioners
preemptions
preemptive
preemptive bid
preemptive right
preemptive self-defence
preemptive strike
preemptive strikes
preemptively
preemptor
preemptors
preemptory
preempts
preen (current term)
preen gland
preenact
preenacted
preenacting
preenacts
preened
preener
preeners
preengage
preengaged
preengagement
preengagements
preengages
preengaging

Literary usage of Preen

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1. The Encyclopaedia Britannica: A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, and General by Thomas Spencer Baynes (1888)
"... Yellow, brown, and preen. Б.В. fosos with micro-salt in the red. flame, gives reaction for titanic acid. Cc : silica 30'6, titanic acid 40'8, lime 28'8. ..."

2. Antiquities of Shropshire by Robert William Eyton (1858)
"It would seem too that the Lord of Holt preen had a concurrent right, with the Prior of Wenlock, in the Patronage of this Cell or Priory. ..."

3. Traveller's Tales Told in Letters from Belgium, Germany, England, Scotland by Bertha Whitridge Smith (1912)
"XIV London A PERCH TO preen ONE'S FEATHERS—ENGLISH HOMES— A LITTLE COMPANY OF THE ELECT—TRIBUTE TO MRS. JULIA WARD HOWE—A KATE GREEN AWAY VILLAGE—A WORD ON ..."

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