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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
First recorded in 1655-65; be- + dizen
Related forms
bedizenment, noun
unbedizened, adjective Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for unbedizened


/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
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Word Origin and History for unbedizened



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]

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