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[klohth] /kloʊð/
verb (used with object), clothed or clad, clothing.
to dress; attire.
to provide with clothing.
to cover with or as with clothing.
Origin of clothe
before 950; Middle English clothen, Old English clāthian, derivative of clāth cloth
Related forms
half-clothed, adjective
preclothe, verb (used with object), preclothed, preclothing.
reclothe, verb (used with object), reclothed or reclad, reclothing.
underclothed, adjective
well-clothed, adjective
Can be confused
close, cloth, clothe, clothes, cloze (see synonym study at close)
1. robe, garb, array, accouter, bedeck. Unabridged
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  • I asked the Amil, "How he fed, clothed, and lodged his prisoners?"

  • Just before sunset, a fair creature, clothed in white, came into the garden.

    Days Off Henry Van Dyke
  • The canyon walls are drenched with rains and even some of the lofty spurs are clothed with dense forest or scrub.

  • When the body is well fed and clothed, the next demand is for exercise.

    Practical Ethics William DeWitt Hyde
  • He must be clothed with meekness from Heaven, or the provocations of the people will be apt to embitter his spirit.

British Dictionary definitions for clothed


verb (transitive) clothes, clothing, clothed, clad
to dress or attire (a person)
to provide with clothing or covering
to conceal or disguise
to endow or invest
Word Origin
Old English clāthian, from clāthcloth; related to Old Norse klætha
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Word Origin and History for clothed



Old English claðian, from claþ (see cloth). Related: Clothed, clothing. Other Old English words for this were scrydan and gewædian.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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