Definitions of preen

  1. dress or groom with elaborate care; " She likes to dress when going to the opera"
  2. clean with one's bill, of birds
  3. clean with one's bill; " The birds preened"
  4. A forked tool used by clothiers in dressing cloth.
  5. To dress with, or as with, a preen; to trim or dress with the beak, as the feathers; -- said of birds.
  6. To trim up, as trees.
  7. To cleanse, trim, and smooth with the beak, as a bird its plumage; to dress ( oneself) up.
  8. To compose and arrange as birds do their feathers.
  9. A forked instrument used by cloth- dressers.
  10. To clean, compose, and dress the feathers, as birds do.
  11. A forked instrument used in dressing cloth.
  12. To clean as with a preen,- said of birds that dress and oil their feathers with their beak.