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preen
American English: /prin/
British English: /priːn/

Translation of preen in Spanish:

transitive verb

  • (feathers)
    arreglar con el pico
    Example sentences
    • This louse is the only common parasite on satin bowerbirds, and it is found mainly around the head and eyes where birds cannot easily preen.
    • With hundreds of new feathers regenerating, the bird must preen constantly.
    • When preening, birds nibble and stroke their feathers, returning them to correct position.

reflexive verb

  • to preen oneself (bird)
    arreglarse las plumas con el pico
    (person)
    acicalarse
    to preen oneself on something/-ing
    vanagloriarse or pavonearse de algo/+ infinitive

intransitive verb

  • (bird)
    arreglarse las plumas con el pico
    (person)
    acicalarse
    Example sentences
    • They start cramming the barricades, the ladies start primping and preening themselves in their compact mirrors.
    • We're always expected to be preening ourselves, so it was a pretty nice opportunity not to have to think about that stuff for a while.
    • Television stars had been preening themselves for the red carpet at Claridges, where some of the hottest designers, make-up artists, jewellers and hair stylists had taken up residence.

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