Preen Definition

prēn
preened, preening, preens
verb
preened, preening, preens
To dress or groom oneself in a fussy and self-satisfied way.
Webster's New World
To clean and trim (the feathers) with the beak.
Webster's New World
To trim or clean (fur) with the tongue, as cats do.
American Heritage
To dress or groom (oneself) in a fussy and self-satisfied way.
Webster's New World
To show satisfaction with or vanity in (oneself)
Webster's New World
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noun
preens
Wiktionary

(dialectal) Pin.

Wiktionary

(dialectal) Bodkin; brooch.

Wiktionary

Origin of Preen

  • From Middle English pren, from Old English prÄ“on, from Proto-Germanic *preunaz (compare Icelandic prjónn (“pin, knitting-needle"), Danish pryne "˜needle, eel-spear'), from Proto-Indo-European *brewn- (“protrusion, tip, edge") (compare Lithuanian briaunà "˜edge', Albanian brez "˜belt, girdle'). The verb is from Middle English prenen, from pren (“a preen").

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English proinen, preinen blend of Old French proignier to prune prune2 and Old French poroindre to anoint before (por- before) (from Latin prō- pro–1) (oindre to anoint) (from Latin unguere)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Variant of prune (by influence of preen above) Attested in Chaucer (c. 1395) in the variants preyneth, prayneth, proyneth, prunyht, pruneth.

    From Wiktionary

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