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Date: 1400-1500
Origin: Probably from Old French proignier; PRUNE1

preen

verb
     
Related topics: Hair and Beauty
preen [intransitive and transitive]
1 if a bird preens or preens itself, it cleans itself and makes its feathers smooth using its beak
2DCB to spend time making yourself look tidier and more attractive
preen yourself
a girl preening herself in the mirror
3 to look proud and feel pleased because of something you have done
preen yourself
He enjoyed the applause, preening himself like a pop star.

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