- to decorate with ornamental needlework.
- to produce or form in needlework.
- to adorn or embellish rhetorically, especially with ornate language or fictitious details: He embroidered the account of the shipwreck to hold his listeners' interest.
- to do embroidery.
- to add embellishments; exaggerate (often followed by on or upon).
Origin of embroider
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Examples from the Web for embroider
He does not feel the need to embroider every note with a facial expression or a flick of the wrist.Is Mick Jagger Too Old to Rock?
July 26, 2013
It also takes years of training to be able to sew, embroider, bead, and otherwise embellish these clothes.Chanel, Armani, and Givenchy Present Their Haute-Couture Collections in Paris
July 4, 2012
When Christian tries to speak for himself and says "I love you," Roxane instructs him to "Embroider it."Sex Advice from Cyrano
July 23, 2009
Maidens of the first families were selected to embroider the sacred peplus.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
I learnt to sing rondeaux and to embroider handkerchiefs for my mother.My Double Life
They agreed to embroider a pair of slippers for her—to do the work themselves.Mark Twain, A Biography, 1835-1910, Complete
Albert Bigelow Paine
The girls used to sit about indoors and embroider—oh, everlastingly!Four Days
You see at home, when I get my work done, I knit or crochet or embroider.Maw's Vacation
- to do decorative needlework (upon)
- to add fictitious or fanciful detail to (a story)
- to add exaggerated or improbable details to (an account of an event, etc)
Word Origin and History for embroider
late 14c., from Anglo-French enbrouder, from en- "in" (see en- (1)) + broisder "embroider," from Frankish *brozdon, from Proto-Germanic *bruzdajanan. Spelling with -oi- is from c.1600, perhaps by influence of broiden, irregular alternative Middle English past participle of braid (v.). Related: Embroidered; embroidering.