Definitions for: Preen

[v] dress or groom with elaborate care; "She likes to dress when going to the opera"
[v] pride or congratulate (oneself) for an achievement
[v] clean with one's bill, of birds

Webster (1913) Definition: Preen, n. [AS. pre['o]n a clasp, bodkin; akin to D.
priem punch, bodkin, awl, G. pfriem, Icel. prj[=o]nn a
knitting needle, pin, Dan. preen a bodkin, punch.]
A forked tool used by clothiers in dressing cloth.

Preen, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Preened; p. pr. & vb. n.
Preening.] [See Preen, n.; or cf. Prune.]
1. To dress with, or as with, a preen; to trim or dress with
the beak, as the feathers; -- said of birds. --Derham.

2. To trim up, as trees. [Prov. Eng.] --Halliwell.

Synonyms: congratulate, dress, plume, plume, pride, primp

See Also: arrange, attire, clean, crow, deck out, deck up, dress up, fancy up, fig out, fig up, get up, gloat, gussy up, make clean, overdress, prink, rig out, set up, tog out, tog up, trick out, trick up, triumph

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