disguise

[dis-gahyz, dih-skahyz]

verb (used with object), dis·guised, dis·guis·ing.

to change the appearance or guise of so as to conceal identity or mislead, as by means of deceptive garb: The king was disguised as a peasant.
to conceal or cover up the truth or actual character of by a counterfeit form or appearance; misrepresent: to disguise one's intentions.

noun

that which disguises; something that serves or is intended for concealment of identity, character, or quality; a deceptive covering, condition, manner, etc.: Noble words can be the disguise of base intentions.
the makeup, mask, costume, or overall changed appearance of an entertainer: a clown's disguise.
the act of disguising: to speak without disguise.
the state of being disguised; masquerade: The gods appeared in disguise.

Nearby words

  1. disgraceful,
  2. disgracefully,
  3. disgregate,
  4. disgruntle,
  5. disgruntled,
  6. disgust,
  7. disgusted,
  8. disgustful,
  9. disgustfully,
  10. disgusting

Origin of disguise

1275–1325; Middle English disg(u)isen < Anglo-French, Old French de(s)guiser, equivalent to des- dis-1 + -guiser, derivative of guise guise

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British Dictionary definitions for disguise

disguise

verb

to modify the appearance or manner in order to conceal the identity of (oneself, someone, or something)
(tr) to misrepresent in order to obscure the actual nature or meaningto disguise the facts

noun

a mask, costume, or manner that disguises
the act of disguising or the state of being disguised
Derived Formsdisguisable, adjectivedisguised, adjectivedisguisedly (dɪsˈɡaɪzɪdlɪ), adverbdisguiser, noun

Word Origin for disguise

C14: from Old French desguisier, from des- dis- 1 + guise manner; see guise

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Word Origin and History for disguise
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Idioms and Phrases with disguise

disguise

see blessing in disguise.

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