Definition for drest (2 of 2)
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
Related formshalf-dressed, adjectiveout·dress, verb (used with object)
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
British Dictionary definitions for drest
- to change one's clothes
- to wear formal or evening clothes