follow Dictionary.com

Your favorite word could be our Word of the Day!

disguise

[dis-gahyz, dih-skahyz] /dɪsˈgaɪz, dɪˈskaɪz/
verb (used with object), disguised, disguising.
1.
to change the appearance or guise of so as to conceal identity or mislead, as by means of deceptive garb:
The king was disguised as a peasant.
2.
to conceal or cover up the truth or actual character of by a counterfeit form or appearance; misrepresent:
to disguise one's intentions.
noun
3.
that which disguises; something that serves or is intended for concealment of identity, character, or quality; a deceptive covering, condition, manner, etc.:
Noble words can be the disguise of base intentions.
4.
the makeup, mask, costume, or overall changed appearance of an entertainer:
a clown's disguise.
5.
the act of disguising:
to speak without disguise.
6.
the state of being disguised; masquerade:
The gods appeared in disguise.
Origin
1275-1325
1275-1325; Middle English disg(u)isen < Anglo-French, Old French de(s)guiser, equivalent to des- dis-1 + -guiser, derivative of guise guise
Related forms
disguisable, adjective
disguisedly, adverb
disguisedness, noun
disguiser, noun
disguisement, noun
nondisguised, adjective
predisguise, noun, verb (used with object), predisguised, predisguising.
undisguisable, adjective
undisguised, adjective
undisguisedly, adverb
well-disguised, adjective
Synonyms
2. cloak, mask, hide, dissemble.
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
Examples from the web for disguises
  • She rarely answers letters personally, never uses real names, and disguises identifying details.
  • As always, she disguises identifying details, and anonymity is guaranteed.
  • She rarely answers letters personally and never immediately, and disguises identifying details.
  • It is the habituation to human company that both causes and disguises the threat that chimpanzees will harm humans.
  • The villagers are untying their disguises, they are shaking hands.
  • He then, always an industrious critic and essayist, quite turned from the disguises and shifts of fiction.
  • The total of failures also disguises the size of individual collapses.
  • But that trend disguises a rise in the overall separation rate.
  • The headline figure disguises much heftier hikes on some routes, several of which will see double-digit mark-ups.
  • Global marine productivity has indeed risen, as he says-but this disguises collapses in particular species in particular places.
British Dictionary definitions for disguises

disguise

/dɪsˈɡaɪz/
verb
1.
to modify the appearance or manner in order to conceal the identity of (oneself, someone, or something)
2.
(transitive) to misrepresent in order to obscure the actual nature or meaning: to disguise the facts
noun
3.
a mask, costume, or manner that disguises
4.
the act of disguising or the state of being disguised
Derived Forms
disguisable, adjective
disguised, adjective
disguisedly (dɪsˈɡaɪzɪdlɪ) adverb
disguiser, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Old French desguisier, from des-dis-1 + guise manner; see guise
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for disguises

disguise

v.

c.1300, from Old French desguiser (11c.) "disguise, change one's appearance," from des- "away, off" (see dis-) + guise "style, appearance" (see guise). Originally primarily "to put out of one's usual manner" (of dress, etc.). Oldest sense preserved in phrase disguised with liquor (1560s).

It is most absurdly said, in popular language, of any man, that he is disguised in liquor; for, on the contrary, most men are disguised by sobriety. [Thomas de Quincy, "Confessions of an English Opium-Eater," 1856]
Related: Disguised; disguising.

n.

c.1400, "strange style of dress" (especially one meant to deceive), from disguise (v.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
Idioms and Phrases with disguises

disguise

The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for disguise

Most English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for disguises

11
13
Scrabble Words With Friends

Quotes with disguises

Nearby words for disguises