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preen

preen

 
 
pronunciation:
prin
parts of speech:
transitive verb, intransitive verb
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Word Combinations (verb)
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: preened, preening, preens
definition 1: to trim and clean (feathers), as a bird does.
definition 2: to dress or groom (oneself) with great attention and self-admiration; primp.
definition 3: to show or have great pride and satisfaction in (oneself).
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition 1: to dress and groom oneself with great care and satisfaction; primp.
How long has he been in the bathroom now, preening in front of the mirror?
definition 2: to exult in one's own appearance or accomplishments.
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