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[bih-dahy-zuh n, -diz-uh n] /bɪˈdaɪ zən, -ˈdɪz ən/
verb (used with object)
to dress or adorn in a showy, gaudy, or tasteless manner.
Origin of bedizen
1655-65; be- + dizen
Related forms
bedizenment, noun
unbedizened, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for bedizen
Historical Examples
  • If Julia Cunningham chooses to bedizen herself in it, she is welcome to it—flounces and all.

    At Last Marion Harland
  • When I was young they died for that with which they now bedizen themselves.'

    Hypatia Charles Kingsley
  • Prithee, young one, who art thou, and what has ailed thy mother to bedizen thee in this strange fashion?

    The Scarlet Letter Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • A refined woman will always look neat; but, on the other hand, she will not bedizen and bedeck herself with a view to display.

  • Is not your body a far more beautiful and nobler thing than all the gay clothes with which you can bedizen it?

    Sermons for the Times Charles Kingsley
  • I will so bedizen your virile, though somewhat crassly practical gifts—— Why, women are my long suit.

    Free Air Sinclair Lewis
  • The French chamarrer, to deck out, or bedizen, is said to be a word of kindred origin.

  • I don't know what sort of a way you'd bedizen yourself out if I'd let you, I'm sure.

  • We shall have plenty of time if this prince takes as long to bedizen himself as he used to do.

    Lord Montagu's Page G. P. R. James
  • I'st teach yo to burn three candles down awbut to nothink 'at yo may bedizen yorsel in this way.

    The History of David Grieve Mrs. Humphry Ward
British Dictionary definitions for bedizen


/bɪˈdaɪzən; -ˈdɪzən/
(transitive) (archaic) to dress or decorate gaudily or tastelessly
Derived Forms
bedizenment, noun
Word Origin
C17: from be- + obsolete dizen to dress up, of uncertain origin
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for bedizen

1660s, from 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.

It is remarkable that neither the vb., nor the sb. as a separate word, has been found in OE. or ME., and that on the other hand no vb. corresponding to dizen is known in L.G. or Du. [OED]

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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