Definition and Meanings for preening

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Preening is ranked 20,197 in the ranking of most used words in English

Part of Speech of preening

noun, transitive verb, imperfect, past participle, present participle, verbal noun, intransitive verb

Etymology of preening

as. pre a clasp, bodkin; akin to d. priem punch, bodkin, awl, g. pfriem, icel. prj a knitting needle, pin, dan. preen a bodkin, punch see preen, n.; or cf. prune

Meaning of preening


as noun

  • a forked tool used by clothiers in dressing cloth.

as transitive verb, imperfect, past participle, present participle, verbal noun, noun

  • to dress with, or as with, a preen; to trim or dress with the beak, as the feathers; -- said of birds.
  • to trim up, as trees.
  • to dress (oneself) carefully or stylishly; to primp.
  • to pride (oneself) on one's accomplishments; to congratulate (oneself).

as intransitive verb

  • to dress up neatly and smartly; to make oneself well-groomed and well-dressed.
  • to feel proud of one's achievement; to swell or gloat.
  • No antonyms for preening

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