[ 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.
Words nearby guise
Origin of guise
1175–1225; (noun) Middle English g(u)ise < Old French < Germanic; see wise2: (v.) Middle English gisen, derivative of the noun
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH guiseguise guys
synonym study for guise
1. See appearance.
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British Dictionary definitions for guising (1 of 2)
/ (ˈɡaɪzɪŋ) /
(in Scotland and N England) the practice or custom of disguising oneself in fancy dress, often with a mask, and visiting people's houses, esp at Halloween
Derived forms of guisingguiser, noun
British Dictionary definitions for guising (2 of 2)
/ (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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