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verb as in admire and clean oneself

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Owls normally find naturally occurring hideaways to preen, sleep, and build nests.

When the loon was released, Mager said it seemed to swim out onto the lake, preening itself.

A Manassas retiree who had started a Facebook page when the loon landed in Fairfax posted daily pictures and comments that tracked the loon swimming, preening, fish-catching and eating.

Since then, posts and updates on the loon have taken off as many report on its every move, from eating a fish to preening its feathers.

Sam liked to wear fancy necklaces, the flashier the better, and strut and preen like Marlene Dietrich in “The Blue Angel.”

Hot pink takes the Preen by Thornton Bregazzi runway in London.

This is not the first time Palin has attempted to sun and preen herself in the heat of a Thatcherite sun.

Rather than preen about whether he could win, Christie considered whether he should win.

An endless stream of 2012 presidential wannabes will preen for adoring fans and plentiful cameras.

A few moments to preen and promenade for the cameras following months of planning and fitting, hours of hair and makeup.

The stones and metal rattle inEach dry and withering ear, As lackadaisical they loll,And preen themselves, and peer.

I saw him rise from his chair; I saw the astounded look of old Deborah Preen when she came in with his supper ale in a jug.

The nurse wore a scared face; Deborah Preen, wringing her hands, burst out sobbing.

Softly, calmly, with the purest joy he sang, pausing at the end of every few bars to preen and call.

He was a very polished prince, and when he had eaten his dinner he turned round to the lady and sought a preen to pyke his teeth.


On this page you'll find 22 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to preen, such as: beautify, clean, groom, prettify, primp, and prink.

From Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.