gussy up
transitive verb (gussied up; gussying up) Etymology: origin unknown Date: 1952 dress up, embellish

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  • gussy up — verb put on special clothes to appear particularly appealing and attractive She never dresses up, even when she goes to the opera The young girls were all fancied up for the party • Syn: ↑overdress, ↑dress up, ↑fig out, ↑fig up, ↑deck up, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • gussy up — PHRASAL VERB If someone is gussied up, they are dressed very smartly. If something is gussied up, it is made more interesting or attractive. [mainly AM, INFORMAL] [V ed P] They all got gussied up. [V P N (not pron)] ...plans to gussy up the… …   English dictionary

  • gussy up — verb To don fancy clothing; to dress up particularly in flattering or specially altered garments. You bet shell gussy up for the party …   Wiktionary

  • gussy up — Synonyms and related words: adorn, array, beautify, become one, bedeck, bedizen, blazon, color, dandify, deck, deck out, decorate, dizen, doll up, dress, dress up, embellish, emblazon, embroider, enrich, fancy up, fig out, fix up, furbish,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • gussy up — phrasal verb [transitive] American informal to make someone or something more attractive or interesting, especially in a way that is intended to impress people but is not useful or necessary The company has been accused of gussying up its… …   English dictionary

  • gussy — gus|sy [ˈgʌsi] v past tense and past participle gussied present participle gussying third person singular gussies gussy up [gussy sb/sth<=>up] phr v [Date: 1900 2000; Origin: Perhaps from gussie weak or stupid man (19 20 centuries), from… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • gussy — verb gussy up phrasal verb (I, T) AmE informal to make yourself look attractive by wearing your best clothes etc: gussy yourself up: Jolene gussied herself up for the party …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • gussy — /gus ee/, v., gussied, gussying. Informal. v.t. 1. to enhance the attractiveness of in a gimmicky, showy manner (usually fol. by up): a room gussied up with mirrors and lights. v.i. 2. to dress in one s best clothes (usually fol. by up): to gussy …   Universalium

  • gussy — /gus ee/, v., gussied, gussying. Informal. v.t. 1. to enhance the attractiveness of in a gimmicky, showy manner (usually fol. by up): a room gussied up with mirrors and lights. v.i. 2. to dress in one s best clothes (usually fol. by up): to gussy …   Useful english dictionary

  • gussy — new gus•sy [[t]ˈgʌs i[/t]] v. sied, sy•ing. Informal. 1) cvb inf to adorn or decorate in a gimmicky, showy manner (usu. fol. by up): to gussy up a room with mirrors and lights[/ex] 2) cvb inf to dress in one s best clothes (usu. fol. by up) •… …   From formal English to slang

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