Translation of "preen" - English-Spanish dictionary


verb uk /priːn/ us

If a bird preens or preens itself, it cleans and arranges its feathers using its beak.

arreglar con el pico, arreglarse las plumas con el pico

disapproving to spend time making yourself look attractive

Roald always spends ages preening (himself) before he goes out.

(Translation of “preen” from the Cambridge English-Spanish Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)


verb /priːn/

(of birds) to arrange (the feathers)

arreglar/alisar con el pico
The seagulls were preening themselves / their feathers.

used unkindly, meaning to attend to one’s appearance

The woman was preening herself in front of the mirror.

(Translation of “preen” from the PASSWORD English-Spanish Dictionary © 2014 K Dictionaries Ltd)