- dressed to kill,
- dressed up,
- dresser set,
- dressing case,
- dressing forceps,
- dressing glass,
- dressing gown,
- dressing room
Origin of dressing
verb (used with object), dressed or drest, dress·ing.
- to prepare or bait (a fishhook) for use.
- to prepare (bait, especially an artificial fly) for use.
verb (used without object), dressed or drest, dress·ing.
- to reprimand; scold.
- to thrash; beat.
- to dress informally or less formally: to dress down for the shipboard luau.
- to put on one's best or fanciest clothing; dress relatively formally: They were dressed up for the Easter parade.
- to dress in costume or in another person's clothes: to dress up in Victorian clothing; to dress up as Marie Antoinette.
- to embellish or disguise, especially in order to make more appealing or acceptable: to dress up the facts with colorful details.
Origin of dress
Examples from the Web for dressing
He once experimented with dressing as “Hilda the Wicked Witch” as a way to expand his business to Halloween.Kerry Bentivolio: The Congressman Who Believes in Santa Claus|Ben Jacobs|December 24, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Followers had traveled many miles to mourn the loss, and aid in the ritual washing, dressing, and honoring of the body.Jail Threats for Sierra Leone Ebola Victims’ Families|Abby Haglage|December 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Women are berated—and berate themselves—for dressing too sexily.
We say our hellos, and he guides me backstage, up three flights of stairs, and into his dressing room.The Revival of Kieran Culkin: A Reluctant Star Seizes the Spotlight|Marlow Stern|October 23, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Katy Perry was admonished for dressing up as an angel while tailing her grandmother to an event.Melissa Rivers: Life After Joan—A Funny, Moving Celebration on a Special 'Fashion Police'|Tim Teeman|September 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It had classical proportions and nice shaping and dressing in stone.Our Legal Heritage, 5th Ed.|S. A. Reilly
Allow to become cold, and serve in salad bowl with French dressing, or mayonnaise sauce.The Hotel St. Francis Cook Book|Victor Hirtzler
But he soon dashed them away, and, rising, set about dressing his wound.Ralph Granger's Fortunes|William Perry Brown
Dressing for dinner was a custom that had been adopted by the Kane family in the last few years.Jennie Gerhardt|Theodore Dreiser
Yes; on the dressing table, where she always had the letters left for her.Gwen Wynn|Mayne Reid
- to change one's clothes
- to wear formal or evening clothes
Word Origin for dress
mid-14c., verbal noun from dress (v.). Sense in cookery is from c.1500. Meaning "bandage" is first recorded 1713. Dressing gown attested from 1777; dressing room from 1670s.
early 14c., "make straight; direct, guide, control, prepare for cooking," from Old French dresser, drecier "raise (oneself), address, prepare, lift, raise, hoist, set up, arrange, set (a table), serve (food), straighten, put right, direct," from Vulgar Latin *directiare, from Latin directus "direct, straight" (see direct (v.)).
Sense of "decorate, adorn" is late 14c., as is that of "put on clothing." Original sense survives in military meaning "align columns of troops." Dress up "attire elaborately" is from 1670s; dressing down "wearing clothes less formal than expected" is from 1960. To dress (someone) down (1769) is ironical. Related: Dressed; dressing.
c.1600, originally any clothing, especially that appropriate to rank or to some ceremony; sense of "woman's garment" is first recorded 1630s, with overtones of "made not merely to clothe but to adorn." Dress rehearsal first recorded 1828.