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preen

 (prēn)
v. preened, preen·ing, preens
v.tr.
1.
a. To smooth or clean (feathers) with the beak or bill.
b. To trim or clean (fur) with the tongue, as cats do.
2. To dress or groom (oneself) with elaborate care; primp.
3. To take pride or satisfaction in (oneself); gloat.
v.intr.
1. To dress up; primp.
2. To swell with pride; gloat or exult.

[Middle English proinen, preinen, blend of Old French proignier, to prune; see prune2, and Old French poroindre, to anoint before (por-, before from Latin prō-; see pro-1 + oindre, to anoint, from Latin unguere).]

preen′er n.

preen

(priːn)
vb
1. (Zoology) (of birds) to maintain (feathers) in a healthy condition by arrangement, cleaning, and other contact with the bill
2. to dress or array (oneself) carefully; primp
3. (usually foll by on) to pride or congratulate (oneself)
[C14 preinen, probably from prunen to prune3, influenced by prenen to prick, pin (see preen2); suggestive of the pricking movement of the bird's beak]
ˈpreener n

preen

(priːn)
n
Scot a pin, esp a decorative one
[Old English prēon a pin; related to Middle High German pfrieme awl, Dutch priem bodkin]

preen

(prin)

v.t.
1. to trim or dress (feathers, fur, etc.) with the beak or tongue.
2. to dress (oneself) carefully or smartly; primp.
3. to pride (oneself) on an achievement, personal quality, etc.
v.i.
4. to make oneself appear striking or smart in dress or appearance.
5. to be exultant or proud.
[1480–90; late Middle English prene, alter. of Middle English prunen, perhaps by association with prenen, to stab, pierce]

preen

- Generally thought to be an alteration of prune, "cut branches."
See also related terms for prune.

Preen

 of creative directors—Ruffner, 1983.

preen


Past participle: preened
Gerund: preening

Imperative
preen
preen
Present
I preen
you preen
he/she/it preens
we preen
you preen
they preen
Preterite
I preened
you preened
he/she/it preened
we preened
you preened
they preened
Present Continuous
I am preening
you are preening
he/she/it is preening
we are preening
you are preening
they are preening
Present Perfect
I have preened
you have preened
he/she/it has preened
we have preened
you have preened
they have preened
Past Continuous
I was preening
you were preening
he/she/it was preening
we were preening
you were preening
they were preening
Past Perfect
I had preened
you had preened
he/she/it had preened
we had preened
you had preened
they had preened
Future
I will preen
you will preen
he/she/it will preen
we will preen
you will preen
they will preen
Future Perfect
I will have preened
you will have preened
he/she/it will have preened
we will have preened
you will have preened
they will have preened
Future Continuous
I will be preening
you will be preening
he/she/it will be preening
we will be preening
you will be preening
they will be preening
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been preening
you have been preening
he/she/it has been preening
we have been preening
you have been preening
they have been preening
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been preening
you will have been preening
he/she/it will have been preening
we will have been preening
you will have been preening
they will have been preening
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been preening
you had been preening
he/she/it had been preening
we had been preening
you had been preening
they had been preening
Conditional
I would preen
you would preen
he/she/it would preen
we would preen
you would preen
they would preen
Past Conditional
I would have preened
you would have preened
he/she/it would have preened
we would have preened
you would have preened
they would have preened
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.preen - clean with one's bill; "The birds preened"
arrange, set up - put into a proper or systematic order; "arrange the books on the shelves in chronological order"
clean, make clean - make clean by removing dirt, filth, or unwanted substances from; "Clean the stove!"; "The dentist cleaned my teeth"
2.preen - pride or congratulate (oneself) for an achievement
crow, gloat, triumph - dwell on with satisfaction
3.preen - dress or groom with elaborate care; "She likes to dress when going to the opera"
attire, deck out, deck up, dress up, fancy up, fig out, fig up, rig out, tog out, tog up, trick out, trick up, gussy up, overdress, prink, get up - put on special clothes to appear particularly appealing and attractive; "She never dresses up, even when she goes to the opera"; "The young girls were all fancied up for the party"
dress, get dressed - put on clothes; "we had to dress quickly"; "dress the patient"; "Can the child dress by herself?"

preen

verb
1. (often reflexive) smarten, admire, dress up, doll up (slang), trim, array, deck out, spruce up, prettify, primp, trig (archaic or dialect), titivate, prink He spent half an hour preening in front of the mirror. 20 minutes preening themselves every morning
2. (of birds) clean, smooth, groom, tidy, plume The linnet shook herself and preened a few feathers on her breast.
preen yourself pride yourself, congratulate yourself, give yourself a pat on the back, pique yourself, plume yourself the desire to brag and preen himself over his abilities

preen

verb
To be proud of (oneself), as for an accomplishment or achievement:
Translations
يتأنَّق، يَتَباهىيُرَتِّبُ الطائِر ريشَه
parádit serovnat si
gøre sig tilpudse
csinosítja magáttollászkodik
snyrta fjaîrirnarsnyrta sig
gražintigražintispustytivalyti
izdaiļotiespostiessakārtot/tīrīt spalvassaposties
čistiť sičuchrať siparádiť sa
süslenip püslenmektüylerini düzeltmek

preen

[priːn] VT [+ feathers] → arreglarse con el pico
to preen itself [bird] → arreglarse las plumas con el pico
to preen o.s [person] → pavonearse, atildarse
to preen o.s. onenorgullecerse de, jactarse de

preen

[ˈpriːn]
vt
[bird] [+ feathers] → lisser
The bird was preening itself → L'oiseau lissait ses plumes.
to preen o.s. (= fuss over one's appearance) → se pomponner
to preen o.s. (= be pleased with o.s.) → se réjouir
to preen o.s. on sth → se réjouir de qch
vi
[bird] → lisser ses plumes
[person] → se pomponner
to preen in front of the mirror → se pomponner devant le miroir

preen

vt feathersputzen
vi (bird)sich putzen
vr to preen oneself (bird)sich putzen; (person) (= be smug)sich brüsten (on mit); (= dress up)sich herausputzen, sich aufputzen

preen

[priːn] vt
a. (feathers) → lisciare (con il becco)
the bird was preening itself → l'uccello si stava lisciando le piume
he was preening himself in front of the mirror (fig) (pej) → stava lisciandosi davanti allo specchio
b. to preen o.s. on sth/on doing sth (liter, pej) → compiacersi di qc/di fare qc

preen

(priːn) verb
1. (of birds) to arrange (the feathers). The sea-gulls were preening themselves / their feathers.
2. used unkindly, meaning to attend to one's appearance. The woman was preening herself in front of the mirror.
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