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or Gus·sy

  1. a female given name, form of Augusta.
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verb (used with object), gus·sied, gus·sy·ing.
  1. to enhance the attractiveness of in a gimmicky, showy manner (usually followed by up): a room gussied up with mirrors and lights.
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verb (used without object), gus·sied, gus·sy·ing.
  1. to dress in one's best clothes (usually followed by up): to gussy up for the ball.
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Origin of gussy

First recorded in 1935–40; of obscure origin
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Examples from the Web for gussies

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.

Word Origin and History for gussies



"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.

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