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Definition of "prune" [prune]

  • The partially dried fruit of any of several varieties of the common plum, Prunus domestica. (noun)
  • Any kind of plum that can be dried without spoiling. (noun)
  • Slang An ill-tempered, stupid, or incompetent person. (noun)
  • Slang To make a facial expression exhibiting ill temper or disgust: "Their faces prune at the slightest provocation” ( James Wolcott). (verb-intransitive)
  • To cut off or remove dead or living parts or branches of (a plant, for example) to improve shape or growth. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "prune" in a sentence
  • "There's certainly no denying the family resemblance with those big eyes and lips -- we were once told that MK&A like to say the word "prune" when a photo is being taken to get just the right amount of pout happening, but that could be a rumor."
  • "Yes, redfox-I know how you feel about prunes ... and how a prune is like a cake."
  • "I even like the word prune -- calling prunes "dried plums" is precise but pretentious."