gussied up

Also, all gussied up. Dressed up, as in Dana loves to get all gussied up and go to a fine restaurant. The origin of this expression is not clear, though possibly it relates to the earlier use of the noun gussie (derived from a proper name) for an effeminate man. [Slang; mid-1900s]


Nearby words

  1. gush,
  2. gusher,
  3. gushy,
  4. gusset,
  5. gussie,
  6. gussy,
  7. gussy up,
  8. gust,
  9. gustaf adolf,
  10. gustation

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