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preen

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noun \ˈprēn\

Definition of preen

  1. 1 dialectal, chiefly British :  pin

  2. 2 dialectal, chiefly British :  brooch

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Origin and Etymology of preen

Middle English prene, from Old English prēon; akin to Middle High German pfrieme awl


First Known Use: before 12th century


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preen

verb

Definition of preen

chiefly Scotland

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  pin

1572

First Known Use of preen

1572


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preen

verb

Definition of preen

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 of a bird :  to groom with the bill especially by rearranging the barbs and barbules of the feathers and by distributing oil from the uropygial gland

  3. 2 :  to dress or smooth (oneself) up :  primp

  4. 3 :  to pride or congratulate (oneself) on an achievement

  5. intransitive verb
  6. 1 :  to make oneself sleek

  7. 2 :  to behave or speak with obvious pride or self-satisfaction

preener

noun

Origin and Etymology of preen

Middle English prenen, alteration of proynen, prunen, from Anglo-French puroindre, proindre, from pur- thoroughly + uindre, oindre to anoint, rub, from Latin unguere — more at purchase, ointment


First Known Use: 14th century


PREEN Defined for Kids

preen

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verb \ˈprēn\

Definition of preen for Students

preened

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preening

  1. 1 :  to smooth and clean with the bill The sparrow preened its feathers.

  2. 2 :  to make a person's own appearance neat and tidy He preened himself in front of the mirror.



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