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Definition of preen
Recent Examples of preen from the Web
It was thought the peacock might have been preening in the shiny reflection of the vehicle.
Both Jordan and David are eager to preen for the cameras.
The other two characters, brought in later, are the coldly analytical Borsuk (Jared Abrahamson) and the preening jock Allen (Blake Jenner).
In Hetero Hawk Land, Lola is a nasal redhead who just wants to settle down and Pale Male is a preening alpha — well, male.
Alone among the cast, resplendent in coordinating pastels and preening self-regard, the marvelous Mr. Duris embraces the movie’s weirdness.
McClure and Grisetti play brothers determined to become more successful than Pascal’s preening Shakespeare.
In 2001, then-Manchester United star David Beckham appeared on the cover of niche British fashion magazine The Face, paving the way for preening players.
Most teams have a player or two -- or three -- who'll flop and preen and play-act like babies, hoping to get a little help from the ref.
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Origin and Etymology of preen
PREEN Defined for Kids
Definition of preen for Students
- The sparrow preened its feathers.
- He preened himself in front of the mirror.
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