verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
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Origin of preen1
OTHER WORDS FROM preenpreener, nounun·preened, adjective
Definition for preen (2 of 2)
noun Chiefly British Dialect.
Origin of preen2
Example sentences from the Web for preen
“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
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