verb (used with object), plumed, plum·ing.
Origin of plume
Related Words for plumingfelicitate, congratulate, swagger, exult, boast, crow, gasconade, preen, pique, brag, prance, presume, strut, swell, vaunt, overbear
Examples from the Web for pluming
Historical Examples of pluming
The smoke of the engine was not yet pluming along the horizon.In a Little Town
Mr Gould describes one he saw perched on a twig, pluming its feathers.The Western World
I was just pluming myself on being so prompt, but I see the others are still more so.Flint
Maud Wilder Goodwin
Stand on the edge of your nest, pluming your wings for flight.The Words of Jesus
John R. Macduff
One felt that Nature was pluming herself after her long bath.The Pony Rider Boys in Louisiana
Frank Gee Patchin
Word Origin for plume
late 14c., "a feather" (especially a large and conspicuous one), from Old French plume "soft feather, down; feather bed," and directly from Latin pluma "a feather, down; the first beard," from PIE root *pleus- "to pluck; a feather, fleece" (cf. Old English fleos "fleece"). Meaning "a long streamer of smoke, etc." is first attested 1878.
late 14c., "to pluck, strip," from plume (n.). From mid-15c. as "to adorn with plumes." Meaning "to dress the feathers" is from 1702. Related: Plumed; pluming.