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a. The partially dried fruit of any of several varieties of the common plum, Prunus domestica.
b. Any kind of plum that can be dried without spoiling.
2. Slang An ill-tempered, stupid, or incompetent person.
intr.v. pruned, prun·ing, prunes Slang
To make a facial expression exhibiting ill temper or disgust: "Their faces prune at the slightest provocation" (James Wolcott).
[Middle English, from Old French, from Vulgar Latin *prūna, from Latin prūnum, plum.]
v. pruned, prun·ing, prunes
1. To cut off or remove dead or living parts or branches of (a plant, for example) to improve shape or growth.
2. To remove or cut out as superfluous.
3. To reduce: prune a budget.
To remove what is superfluous or undesirable.
[Early Modern English, from Middle French prougner, from Old French prooignier, perhaps from pro-, variant of por-, pur-, away, forth (from Latin prō-, in front; see pro-1) + rooignier, to trim (from Vulgar Latin *rotundiāre, to round off, from Latin rotundus, round; see ret- in Indo-European roots).]
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|Noun||1.||pruner - a worker who thins out and trims trees and shrubs; "untouched by the pruner's axe"|
worker - a person who works at a specific occupation; "he is a good worker"
|2.||pruner - a long-handled pruning saw with a curved blade at the end and sometimes a clipper; used to prune small trees|
pruning saw - a handsaw used for pruning trees