Preen vs Roundup - What's the difference?
As nouns the difference between preen and roundup
is that preen
is a forked tool used by clothiers for dressing cloth while roundup
is an activity in which cattle are herded together in order to be inspected, counted, branded or shipped.
As a verb preen
is to pin; fasten or preen
can be (of birds) to groom; to trim or dress with the beak, as the feathers.
From (etyl) pren, from (etyl) ‘edge’, Albanian brez ‘belt, girdle’).
The verb is from (etyl) prenen, from .
* (l) (dialectal)
A forked tool used by clothiers for dressing cloth.
(dialectal) bodkin; brooch
Variant of prune (by influence of preen above)
Attested in Chaucer (c. 1395) in the variants preyneth, prayneth, proyneth, prunyht, pruneth , from (etyl) .
(of birds) To groom; to trim or dress with the beak, as the feathers.
To show off, posture, or smarm.
* 1993 , Scott Simmon, The Films of D W Griffith
* 2004 , Jude Deveraux, Counterfeit Lady
- His preening self-satisfaction, chest thrown forward as he settles into a chair in his mansion...
(UK, dialect, dated) To trim up, as trees.
- He preened under her compliments.
An activity in which cattle are herded together in order to be inspected, counted, branded or shipped.
The similar police activity of gathering together suspects to a crime.
The summary to a news bulletin.