verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Words nearby preen
Origin of preen1
OTHER WORDS FROM preenpreen·er, nounun·preened, adjective
Examples from the Web for preening
The book, surprisingly, is not the self-aggrandizing vanity trip of a preening pop star one would expect.
Preening, arrogant, vindictive, and inexorable; awash with cash; corrupt; in bed with corporate America and big finance.Meet The Democrats’ Secret Savior Against Cuomo Corporatism|James Poulos|September 14, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Astonishingly, no one falls prey to the posturing or preening that haunts most Western conferences.
I looked up to see where my bird of paradise had landed—presumably in a soft cloud in the rafters, preening her feathers.
And of course doctors, brigades of doctors have entered the fray, flexing and preening for the ubiquitous television cameras.
It was frightfully rude to laugh at you, but when I saw you waltzing and preening yourself, I just couldn't help it.The Passenger|Kenneth Harmon
Describe the preening of the feathers and explain the meaning of it.Ontario Teachers' Manuals: Nature Study|Ontario Ministry of Education
"It is his Chinese wife," declared Chantel, preening his moustache.Dragon's blood|Henry Milner Rideout
I am laughing because, in preening my feathers, I tickled myself under the wings.The Adventures of Pinocchio|C. Collodi--Pseudonym of Carlo Lorenzini
"I saw her preening before the mirror," said Helen, smiling.Ruth Fielding in the Great Northwest|Alice B. Emerson