Meaning of preen


Pronunciation: (prēn), [key]
— v.t.
  1. (of animals, esp. birds) to trim or dress (feathers, fur, etc.) with the beak or tongue: The peacock preened itself on the lawn.
  2. to dress (oneself&hasp;) carefully or smartly; primp: The king preened himself in his elaborate ceremonial robes.
  3. to pride (oneself&hasp;) on an achievement, personal quality, etc.: He preened himself on having been graduated with honors.
  1. to make oneself appear striking or smart in dress or appearance: No amount of careful preening will compensate for poor posture.
  2. to be exultant or proud.


Pronunciation: (prēn), [key]
— n. Chiefly Brit. Dial.
  1. a pin or brooch.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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