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1. preen

verb. ['ˈpriːn'] dress or groom with elaborate care.

Synonyms

  • deck up
  • get dressed
  • trick up
  • gussy up
  • attire
  • fancy up
  • dress
  • tog up
  • primp
  • plume
  • overdress
  • trick out
  • tog out
  • rig out
  • deck out
  • get up
  • fig up
  • prink
  • dress up

Antonyms

  • dress down
  • undress
  • overdress
  • stay

Etymology

  • pren (Middle English (1100-1500))
  • preon (Old English (ca. 450-1100))

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Rhymes with Preen

  • nitrosomine
  • trampoline
  • mujahideen
  • mujahedeen
  • bodenstein
  • valentin
  • unforeseen
  • sunscreen
  • submachine
  • seventeen
  • reconvene
  • propylene
  • poliquin
  • peloquin
  • norma-jean
  • marroquin
  • geraldine
  • circumvene
  • bornstein
  • benyamin
  • barentine
  • aquamarine
  • wolverine
  • thomasine
  • tangerine
  • tambourine
  • submarine
  • st_jean
  • smithereen
  • sixteen

Sentences with preen


1. Verb, non-3rd person singular present
Budgies excrete an oil which they wipe over their feathers when they preen to keep them bright and clean.

2. Noun, singular or mass
When the chick finally exits the egg, his parents preen and clean him.

3. Adjective
They also call out to one another and preen themselves to get ready for breeding.

4. Verb, base form
They might preen or take a good dust bath.

2. preen

verb. ['ˈpriːn'] clean with one's bill.

Synonyms

  • plume
  • arrange
  • make clean
  • set up

Antonyms

  • disarrange
  • lower
  • sit down
  • lie down

Etymology

  • pren (Middle English (1100-1500))
  • preon (Old English (ca. 450-1100))

3. preen

verb. ['ˈpriːn'] pride or congratulate (oneself) for an achievement.

Synonyms

  • crow
  • gloat
  • congratulate

Antonyms

  • uglify
  • informal
  • undercharge
  • fall

Etymology

  • pren (Middle English (1100-1500))
  • preon (Old English (ca. 450-1100))
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