- a female given name, form of Augusta.
- to enhance the attractiveness of in a gimmicky, showy manner (usually followed by up): a room gussied up with mirrors and lights.
- to dress in one's best clothes (usually followed by up): to gussy up for the ball.
Origin of gussy
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Historical Examples of gussies
Gussies head is very bad; and of course the some one will go away.Girls of the True Blue
L. T. Meade
You will never forgive me, was Gussies shame-faced prognostication.
She had long since learned that the key to her door would unlock that of Gussies.
In consequence Gussies chums had gone on to the gymnasium with their escorts an hour before Elizabeth knocked on Gussies door.
Gussies subdued shout of elation startled Flossie, who was writing a theme.
"to dress up or decorate in a showy way," 1952, American English slang, apparently from Gussy (1940), schoolyard slang name for an overly dressed person, perhaps related to gussie (1901) "effeminate man," and somehow connected to the nickname for Augusta and Augustus.