preener
noun see preen III

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • preener — See preen. * * * …   Universalium

  • preener — noun One who preens …   Wiktionary

  • preener — prɪːnÉ™(r) n. one who dresses up, one who beautifies himself, one who primps …   English contemporary dictionary

  • preen — I. noun Etymology: Middle English prene, from Old English prēon; akin to Middle High German pfrieme awl Date: before 12th century 1. dialect chiefly British pin 2. dialect chiefly British brooch II. transitive verb …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • preen — preen1 preener, n. /preen/, v.t. 1. (of animals, esp. birds) to trim or dress (feathers, fur, etc.) with the beak or tongue: The peacock preened itself on the lawn. 2. to dress (oneself) carefully or smartly; primp: The king preened himself in… …   Universalium

  • prig — prɪg n. meticulous or strict person; pedant, one who concerns himself with trivial details; arrogant person; prissy person, preener …   English contemporary dictionary

  • prigs — prɪg n. meticulous or strict person; pedant, one who concerns himself with trivial details; arrogant person; prissy person, preener …   English contemporary dictionary

  • preen — verb 1》 (of a bird) tidy and clean its feathers with its beak. 2》 (of a person) devote effort to making oneself look attractive. 3》 (preen oneself) congratulate or pride oneself. Derivatives preener noun Origin ME: appar. a var. of obs. prune… …   English new terms dictionary

  • coxcomb — n dandy, jack a dandy, fop, dude, beau, spark, popinjay; blade, Chiefly Brit. blood, buck, jackanapes, whippersnapper; Fr. petit maitre.Beau Brummel, macaroni, Archaic. princox; exquisite, Sl. peacock, prinker, preener, show off; fashion plate,… …   A Note on the Style of the synonym finder

  • popinjay — n coxcomb, dandy, jack a dandy, fop, dude, beau, spark; blade, Chiefly Brit. blood, buck, jackanapes, whippersnapper; Fr. petit maitre. Beau Brummel, macaroni, Archaic. princox; exquisite, Sl. peacock, prinker, preener, show off; fashion plate,… …   A Note on the Style of the synonym finder

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