- 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
- a female given name, form of Augusta.
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Contemporary Examples of gussy
But Spode is a character from pure planet Wodehouse—just as much as Aunt Agatha or Gussy Fink-Nottle.Can Fascism be Funny?
September 28, 2010
Historical Examples of gussy
Gussy, I strongly advise you to start wearing a tickler now.The Creature from Cleveland Depths
Fritz Reuter Leiber
Will try Haddon for Savoy, and anything in the world you like, if you can get Gussy.In the Cage
Gussy 'pares in the background and givs the gals $5 to danse a bally for his own speshell benerfit.The Bad Boy At Home
Walter T. Gray
"Dear Gussy" cried for spite, and stamped her way out of the room, followed by Furlong.Handy Andy, Volume 2 (of 2)
I am very glad to hear that you and Gussy are both at all events a little better at last.The Life, Letters and Work of Frederic Leighton
Mrs. Russell Barrington
Word Origin and History for gussy
"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.