Preened
Preen 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. [1913 Webster]

2. To trim up, as trees. [Prov. Eng.] --Halliwell. [1913 Webster]

3. Hence: To dress (oneself) carefully or stylishly; to primp. [PJC]

4. To pride (oneself) on one's accomplishments; to congratulate (oneself). [PJC]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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