- 1[transitive, intransitive] preen (yourself) (usually disapproving) to spend a lot of time making yourself look attractive and then admiring your appearance Will you stop preening yourself in front of the mirror?
- 2[transitive] preen yourself (on something) (usually disapproving) to feel very pleased with yourself about something and show other people how pleased you are
- 3 [intransitive, transitive] preen (itself) (of a bird) to clean itself or make its feathers smooth with its beak
NAmE//prin//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they preen
he / she / it preens
past simple preened
-ing form preening