|Origin:||Probably from Old French proignier; PRUNE1|
preen [intransitive and transitive]
if a bird preens or preens itself, it cleans itself and makes its feathers smooth using its beak
to spend time making yourself look tidier and more attractive
a girl preening herself in the mirror
to look proud and feel pleased because of something you have done
He enjoyed the applause, preening himself like a pop star.