- dressy casual,
- drew, charles richard,
- drew, daniel,
- drew, john,
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 drest
Sit down and rest you, and tell us how they drest you, and how you wan awa.The Proverbs of Scotland|Alexander Hislop
The verdant meads are drest in green, The champion fields with corn are seen.
On the marble couch within are stretched two figures, carved in stone and drest in the antique garb of the Middle Ages.
The best way of cooking lamb is to roast it; when drest otherwise it is insipid, and not so good as mutton.Directions for Cookery, in its Various Branches|Eliza Leslie
When children are naughty, and will not be drest, Pray, what do you think is the way?Aunt Kitty's Stories|Various
- to change one's clothes
- to wear formal or evening clothes
Word Origin for dress
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.