What Does Preen Mean?


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The word preen can be used as a verb and the meaning it conveys is that to spend a lot of time in making yourself look attractive and then to admire your own appearance. The word is usually used in association with yourself and whenever you are using the word, it conveys your disapproval of the act. The following sentence can make you understand the word quite well: Hey Jack, stop preening yourself in the mirror! We are getting late.

The sentence says that the person is disapproving the act of Jack and he is telling him to stop it.

The word can also be used for the phenomenon of feeling very pleased with yourself and when the word is associated with 'itself' usually it is used for a bird when it is cleaning itself and making its feathers and beak smooth.

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