Pronunciation: (prēn),[key] —v.t. 1. (of animals, esp. birds) to trim or dress (feathers, fur, etc.) with the beak or tongue: The peacock preened itself on the lawn. 2. to dress (oneself) carefully or smartly; primp: The king preened himself in his elaborate ceremonial robes. 3. to pride (oneself) on an achievement, personal quality, etc.: He preened himself on having been graduated with honors.
—v.i. 1. to make oneself appear striking or smart in dress or appearance: No amount of careful preening will compensate for poor posture. 2. to be exultant or proud.
Pronunciation: (prēn),[key] —n.Chiefly Brit. Dial. a pin or brooch.