[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. bedfordshire,
  2. bedframe,
  3. bedight,
  4. bedim,
  5. bedivere,
  6. bedlam,
  7. bedlamer,
  8. bedlamite,
  9. bedlamp,
  10. bedlight

Origin of bedizen

First recorded in 1655–65; be- + dizen

Related formsbe·di·zen·ment, nounun·be·di·zened, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for bedizen


/ (bɪˈdaɪzən, -ˈdɪzən) /


(tr) archaic to dress or decorate gaudily or tastelessly
Derived Formsbedizenment, noun

Word Origin for bedizen

C17: from be- + obsolete dizen to dress up, of uncertain origin

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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]
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