verb (used with object), clothed or clad, cloth·ing.

to dress; attire.
to provide with clothing.
to cover with or as with clothing.

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··clothe, verb (used with object), re·clothed or re·clad, re·cloth·ing.un·der·clothed, adjectivewell-clothed, adjective
Can be confusedcloth clothe clothes

Synonyms for clothe Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for clothe

Contemporary Examples of clothe

Historical Examples of clothe

  • And possibly her imagination would have been able to clothe it all with an unbroken forest.

    Green Mansions

    W. H. Hudson

  • It remains but to clothe yourself and you are ready to start.

    A Woman Tenderfoot

    Grace Gallatin Seton-Thompson

  • What would all you parsons do to clothe your backs and feed your bellies?

  • The treasuries of local speech were all too poor to clothe so wild a venture.

    Tiverton Tales

    Alice Brown

  • Wait till you hear the end—'and feed and clothe the distressed.'

British Dictionary definitions for clothe


verb clothes, clothing, clothed or clad (tr)

to dress or attire (a person)
to provide with clothing or covering
to conceal or disguise
to endow or invest

Word Origin for clothe

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

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper