preen /ˈpri:n/ verb preens; preened; preen·ing
1 of a bird :
to use the beak to clean and arrange feathers [+ obj
] ▪ The bird was preening its feathers. = The bird was preening itself.
] ▪ The bird was preening.
to make (yourself) neat and tidy [+ obj
] ▪ She stood preening herself in front of the mirror.
] ▪ She stood preening in front of the mirror.
3 disapproving :
to act in a way that shows you are very proud about something or pleased with yourself [no obj
] ▪ The award-winners were preening backstage.
] ▪ They are preening themselves on their success.