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Preen v.

Pronunciation: prēn

Meaning: While this word is often found in the field of ornithology (the study of birds – i.e., when a bird cleans its feathers with its beak, it is preening itself) the word also pertains to people who are busy making themselves look attractive and/or admiring their own looks. It can even have reference to situations when a person congratulates oneself for a job well done.


  • The tween girls were preening in front of their bedroom mirrors.
  • He tried to remain stoic, but could not resist the chance to preen himself on his high achievement
  • She stood preening in their midst, delighted with all the attention and adulation.

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