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Definition of the verb preen

What does preen mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: preened | preening | preens

  1. clean with one's bill
    • example: The birds preened
    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • synonym of preen: plume
    • more generic terms: arrange / set up = put into a proper or systematic order; clean / make clean = make clean by removing dirt, filth, or unwanted substances from
  2. pride or congratulate (oneself) for an achievement
  3. dress or groom with elaborate care

Alternative definition of the verb preen


  1. [context: of birds] To groom; to trim or dress with the beak, as the feathers.
  2. To show off, posture, or smarm.


Preen is a brand.

Phrases with Preen

  1. preen gland
  2. to preen

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Preen

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Google previewEconomic Entomology (1902)


Perhaps Paris preen is the most familiar form . Others are London purple, "Swift's Arsenate of lead," "Disparene,'' "Pink Arsenoid," etc. Out of all of these probably Paris ...

Google previewSouthern Fruit & Vegetable Gardening (2013)

Plant, Grow, and Harvest the Best Edibles - Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma & Tennessee by Katie Elzer-Peters

Preen is a common synthetic pre-emergent. Corn gluten is an organic option for pre-emergent treatments. For these treatments to work, they have to be applied at least a month before the Lay a soaker hose after you plant, while the plants ...

Google previewDictionary of Early English (1955)

by Joseph T. Shipley

preen noun, heralding, in HAMLET (1602): And even the like precurse of fierce events. Usually the events are dire, as though there were a pre-curse laid upon them. (Curse, of course, is of quite different origin, being deviously derived by ...

Google previewCrossword Puzzle Dictionary (2015)

by Murali Mohan Hundigam

—vice Gripping tool—clamp, pliers, vice Grips—handles Grisly— gruesome, macabre Gritty—sabulous Gritty's partner—nitty Grizzle—complain Groan—creak Groggy—dazed, ill, stupefied, woozy Groom—preen Groom a horse—curry ...

Google previewEncyclopaedia Perthensis; or, Universal dictionary of Knowledge (1806)

by Encyclopaedia Perthensis

To PREEN, v. a. [priuen, Dutch, to dress or □ prank up.] To trim the feathers of birds, to enable them to glide through the air: for this use nature has furailhed them with two peculiar glands, which secrete an unctuous matter into a perforated oil ...

Google previewEtymological and Pronouncing Dictionary of the English Language (1876)

Including a Very Copious Selection of Scientific Terms for Use in Schools and Colleges and as a Book of General Reference by James Stormonth

preen, n. ren (Scot. prein or preen, ...

Google previewThe English Dialect Dictionary: M-Q (1903)

by Joseph Wright

PREEAN, see Preen, 56. PREEART , adj. e.

Google previewOxford American Desk Dictionary & Thesaurus (2010)

by Oxford University Press

preen. preexisting 610 premeditated. pre-cise-ly /pri'sis1é/ > adv. 1 in exact terms ; without vagueness. 2 exactly. 3 said to show that you agree very much with a statement. SYNONYMS 1 exactly, sharp, on the dot, promptly; informal on the ...

Google previewPocket Oxford American Dictionary and Thesaurus (2010)

by Oxford University Press

preen. preexisting 610 premeditated. pre-cise-ly /pri'sislé/ > adv. 1 in exact terms; without vagueness. 2 exactly. 3 said to show that you agree very much with a statement. promptly; informal on the button, on the nose, synonyms 1 exactly, sharp ...

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For many of us, sport has provided the continuity in our lives, the alternative family to the one we left behind. It gives us something to talk about, to preen about, to care about. (John Thorn)
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Scrabble value of P3R1E1E1N1

The value of this 5-letter word is 7 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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