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[proon] /prun/
verb (used with object), pruned, pruning.
1.
to cut or lop off (twigs, branches, or roots).
2.
to cut or lop superfluous or undesired twigs, branches, or roots from; trim.
3.
to rid or clear of (anything superfluous or undesirable).
4.
to remove (anything considered superfluous or undesirable).
Origin
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English prouynen < Middle French proognier to prune (vines), variant of provigner, derivative of provain scion (< Latin propāgin-, stem of propāgō; see propagate)
Related forms
prunable, adjective
prunability, noun
pruner, noun
unprunable, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for un prunable

prune1

/pruːn/
noun
1.
a purplish-black partially dried fruit of any of several varieties of plum tree
2.
(slang, mainly Brit) a dull, uninteresting, or foolish person
Word Origin
C14: from Old French prune, from Latin prūnum plum, from Greek prounon

prune2

/pruːn/
verb
1.
to remove (dead or superfluous twigs, branches, etc) from (a tree, shrub, etc), esp by cutting off
2.
to remove (anything undesirable or superfluous) from (a book, etc)
Derived Forms
prunable, adjective
pruner, noun
Word Origin
C15: from Old French proignier to clip, probably from provigner to prune vines, from provain layer (of a plant), from Latin propāgo a cutting

prune3

/pruːn/
verb
1.
an archaic word for preen1
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Word Origin and History for un prunable

prune

n.

mid-14c., "a plum," also "a dried plum" (c.1200 in place name Prunhill), from Old French pronne "plum" (13c.), from Vulgar Latin *pruna, fem. singular formed from Latin pruna, neuter plural of prunum "a plum," by dissimilation from Greek proumnon, from a language of Asia Minor. Slang meaning "disagreeable or disliked person" is from 1895. Prune juice is from 1807.

v.

early 15c., prouyne, from Old French proignier "cut back (vines), prune" (Modern French provigner), of unknown origin. Perhaps [Watkins] from Gallo-Romance *pro-retundiare "cut in a rounded shape in front," from pro- "forth" (see pro-) + *retundiare "round off," from Latin rotundus (see round (adj.)). Klein suggests the Old French word is from provain "layer of a vine," from Latin propago (cf. prop (n.1)).

Or the Middle English word might be identical with the falconry term proinen, proynen "trim the feather with the beak" (late 14c.), source of preen [Barnhart]. Related: Pruned; pruning. Pruning hook is from 1610s; pruning knife from 1580s.

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Slang definitions & phrases for un prunable

prune

noun
  1. A pedantic, stiff, and prudish person; prissy (1895+)
  2. A dehydrated nursing-home patient (1980s+ Medical)
verb

To accelerate faster than another car in a race (1940s+ Hot rodders)


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Idioms and Phrases with un prunable

prune

see: full of beans , def. 2.
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