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clothe

[klohth]
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verb (used with object), clothed or clad, cloth·ing.
  1. to dress; attire.
  2. to provide with clothing.
  3. to cover with or as with clothing.
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Origin of clothe

before 950; Middle English clothen, Old English clāthian, derivative of clāth cloth
Related formshalf-clothed, adjectivepre·clothe, verb (used with object), pre·clothed, pre·cloth·ing.re·clothe, verb (used with object), re·clothed or re·clad, re·cloth·ing.un·der·clothed, adjectivewell-clothed, adjective
Can be confusedcloth clothe clothes

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1. robe, garb, array, accouter, bedeck.
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  • The canoes were filled with well-clothed, intelligent natives.

    The Cruise of the Mary Rose

    William H. G. Kingston

  • Again he saw his big, well-clothed figure in a glass, and he smiled.

    The Guarded Heights

    Wadsworth Camp

  • This well-clothed vegetable is now fit to see company, or make love.

  • He sent his labouring people out to the neighbourhood, and gathered to him thirty well-clothed men, and rode home with them.

    Heimskringla

    Snorri Sturlason

  • Well-fed, well-clothed and well-housed, he still fears the elements and dreads exposure and hunger.


British Dictionary definitions for well-clothed

well-clothed

adjective (well clothed when postpositive)
  1. dressed in good quality clothes
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clothe

verb clothes, clothing, clothed or clad (tr)
  1. to dress or attire (a person)
  2. to provide with clothing or covering
  3. to conceal or disguise
  4. to endow or invest
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Word Origin

Old English clāthian, from clāth cloth; related to Old Norse klætha
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Word Origin and History for well-clothed

clothe

v.

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

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