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WordNet 3.0Copyright Princeton University


Short "hint"

To make oneself neat and tidy. Also: To groom with a beak or bill.

Usage examples (37)
  • I watched the heron preen its feathers as it stood in the pond.
  • I don't cite Ernesto to brag well, maybe to "preen".
  • When birds "preen" and try to remove the oil, they can swallow it and be poisoned.
  • Liffey swim down here sometimes to preen themselves. for more
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