- to dress or adorn in a showy, gaudy, or tasteless manner.
Origin of bedizen
Examples from the Web for bedizen
When I was young they died for that with which they now bedizen themselves.'Hypatia
If Julia Cunningham chooses to bedizen herself in it, she is welcome to it—flounces and all.At Last
Prithee, young one, who art thou, and what has ailed thy mother to bedizen thee in this strange fashion?The Scarlet Letter
A refined woman will always look neat; but, on the other hand, she will not bedizen and bedeck herself with a view to display.How to be Happy Though Married
E. J. Hardy.
I will so bedizen your virile, though somewhat crassly practical gifts—— Why, women are my long suit.Free Air
- (tr) archaic to dress or decorate gaudily or tastelessly
Word Origin and History for bedizen
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]