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Meaning of PREEN

Pronunciation:  preen

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  dress or groom with elaborate care; "She likes to dress when going to the opera"
  2. [v]  pride or congratulate (oneself) for an achievement
  3. [v]  clean with one's bill, of birds

PREEN is a 5 letter word that starts with P.


 Synonyms: congratulate, dress, plume, plume, pride, primp
 See Also: arrange, attire, clean, crow, deck out, deck up, dress up, fancy up, fig out, fig up, get up, gloat, gussy up, make clean, overdress, prink, rig out, set up, tog out, tog up, trick out, trick up, triumph



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Preen\, n. [AS. pre['o]n a clasp, bodkin; akin to D.
    priem punch, bodkin, awl, G. pfriem, Icel. prj[=o]nn a
    knitting needle, pin, Dan. preen a bodkin, punch.]
    A forked tool used by clothiers in dressing cloth.
  2. \Preen\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Preened}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    {Preening}.] [See {Preen}, n.; or cf. {Prune}.]
    1. To dress with, or as with, a preen; to trim or dress with
       the beak, as the feathers; -- said of birds. --Derham.
    2. To trim up, as trees. [Prov. Eng.] --Halliwell.
Thesaurus Terms
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