[ gahyz ]
/ gaɪz /


general external appearance; aspect; semblance: an old principle in a new guise.
assumed appearance or mere semblance: under the guise of friendship.
style of dress: in the guise of a shepherd.
Archaic. manner; mode.

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

to dress; attire: children guised as cowboys.

verb (used without object), guised, guis·ing.

Scot. and North England. to appear or go in disguise.

Nearby words

  1. guipure,
  2. guiro,
  3. guisard,
  4. guisarme,
  5. guiscard,
  6. guiser,
  7. guising,
  8. guitar,
  9. guitarfish,
  10. guitarist

Origin of guise

1175–1225; (noun) Middle English g(u)ise < Old French < Germanic; see wise2: (v.) Middle English gisen, derivative of the noun

Can be confusedguise guys

Synonym study

1. See appearance. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for guised


/ (ɡaɪz) /


semblance or pretenceunder the guise of friendship
external appearance in general
archaic manner or style of dress
obsolete customary behaviour or manner


dialect to disguise or be disguised in fancy dress
(tr) archaic to dress or dress up

Word Origin for guise

C13: from Old French guise, of Germanic origin; see wise ²

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Word Origin and History for guised



late 13c., "style or fashion of attire," from Old French guise "manner, fashion, way," from Frankish *wisa or some similar Germanic source (cf. Old High German wisa "manner, wise;" see wise (n.)). Sense of "assumed appearance" is from 1660s, from earlier meaning "mask, disguise" (c.1500).

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