Origin of preen1
OTHER WORDS FROM preenpreener, nounun·preened, adjective
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How to use preen in a sentence
“Pelosi,” by Molly BallIn Ball’s account, Nancy Pelosi is as tough as bullets and knows how to count votes, negotiate and herd her tribe — lost skills in American politics, atrophied in the modern-day rush to preen and tweet.
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
Norm is a symbol of implacable corporate power—preening, surgically perfected, casually domineering.
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.
Jessie had dressed Henrietta, and the child was preening herself in the sun like a peacock.The Campfire Girls of Roselawn|Margaret Penrose
The doves were cooing and fluttering in the cornices and the cockatoo was preening his lemon colored topknot.The Adventures of Kathlyn|Harold MacGrath
He stopped short, drawing himself up and preening in the way that was half infuriating and half pathetic.Happy House|Betsey Riddle, Freifrau von Hutten zum Stolzenberg
Annie was careless, and she was dainty, and she was conscious of a little pleasurable preening of her own soul-plumage.The Butterfly House|Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
Persis herself was like a pouter pigeon strutting and preening her high breast.What Will People Say?|Rupert Hughes