bedizen

  • 1 Bedizen — Be*diz en, v. t. To dress or adorn tawdrily or with false taste. [1913 Webster] Remnants of tapestried hangings, . . . and shreds of pictures with which he had bedizened his tatters. Sir W. Scott. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 bedizen — index embellish Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …

    Law dictionary

  • 3 bedizen — 1660s, from BE (Cf. be ) + dizen to dress (1610s), especially, from late 18c., to dress finely, adorn, originally to dress (a distaff) for spinning (1520s), and evidently the verbal form of the first element in DISTAFF (Cf. distaff). It is… …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 4 bedizen — [bē dī′zən, bidī′zən; ] also [, bidiz′ən] vt. [ BE + DIZEN] Now Rare to dress or decorate in a cheap, showy way bedizenment n …

    English World dictionary

  • 5 bedizen — transitive verb Date: 1661 to dress or adorn gaudily • bedizenment noun …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 6 bedizen — bedizenment, n. /bi duy zeuhn, diz euhn/, v.t. to dress or adorn in a showy, gaudy, or tasteless manner. [1655 65; BE + DIZEN] * * * …

    Universalium

  • 7 bedizen — 1. verb To ornament something in showy, tasteless, or gaudy finery. 2. noun A person who spends most of their time in bed; a slugabed …

    Wiktionary

  • 8 bedizen — Synonyms and related words: adorn, apply paint, array, beautify, bedaub, bedeck, begild, besmear, blazon, brush on paint, calcimine, coat, color, complexion, cover, dab, dandify, daub, deck, deck out, decorate, deep dye, dip, distemper, dizen,… …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 9 bedizen — see DISTAFF …

    The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • 10 bedizen — be·diz·en || bɪ daɪzn v. decorate in a cheap showy manner; dress gaudily and in poor taste …

    English contemporary dictionary

  • 11 bedizen — [bɪ dʌɪz(ə)n, dɪz ] verb literary dress up or decorate gaudily. Origin C17: from be + obs. dizen deck out …

    English new terms dictionary

  • 12 bedizen — v. a. Adorn (gaudily), deck, bedeck, trick out, begawd, prank …

    New dictionary of synonyms

  • 13 bedizen — v bedaub, bedeck, dress gaudily. See bedaub (def.2) …

    A Note on the Style of the synonym finder

  • 14 bedizen — be·di·zen …

    English syllables

  • 15 bedizen — be•di•zen [[t]bɪˈdaɪ zən, ˈdɪz ən[/t]] v. t. to dress or adorn gaudily or tastelessly • Etymology: 1655–65; be +dizen be•di′zen•ment, n …

    From formal English to slang

  • 16 bedizen — /bəˈdaɪzən/ (say buh duyzuhn), / ˈdɪzən/ (say dizuhn), /bi / (say bee ) verb (t) Archaic to dress or adorn gaudily. {be + obsolete dizen deck out, dress (something up), from Old English dis bunch of flax (as on a distaff) –bedizenment, noun …

    Australian English dictionary

  • 17 bedizen —   v.t. dress gaudily …

    Dictionary of difficult words

  • 18 bedizen — see DISTAFF …

    Word origins

  • 19 bedizen — v.tr. poet. deck out gaudily. Etymology: BE + obs. dizen deck out …

    Useful english dictionary

  • 20 distaff — [OE] The compound noun distaff ‘rod for holding flax, wool, etc in spinning’ was a late Old English formation from *dis ‘bunch of flax’ (a word which survives in bedizen [17], a derivative of the obsolete dizen, which originally meant ‘put flax… …

    The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins