preen ( preens 3rd person present) ( preening present participle) ( preened past tense & past participle )
1 verb If someone preensthemselves, they spend a lot of time making themselves look neat and attractive; used especially if you want to show that you disapprove of this behaviour or that you find it ridiculous and amusing., (disapproval)
50% of men under 35 spend at least 20 minutes preening themselves every morning in the bathroom... V pron-refl
Bill preened his beard. V n
2 verb If someone preens, they think in a pleased way about how attractive, clever, or good at something they are., (disapproval)
She stood preening in their midst, delighted with the attention... V
He preened himself on the praise he had received. V pron-refl on n
...a preening prize fighter about to enter a ring. V-ing
3 verb When birds preen their feathers, they clean them and arrange them neatly using their beaks.
Rare birds preen themselves right in front of your camera. V pron-refl, Also V, V n
Traducción diccionario Collins Inglés Cobuild
1 (of birds) clean, plume
2 array, deck out, doll up (slang) dress up, prettify, primp, prink, spruce up, titivate, trig (archaic or dialect) trim
3 preen oneself (on) congratulate oneself, pique oneself, plume oneself, pride oneself
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