[bih-dahy-zuh n, -diz-uh n]
- to dress or adorn in a showy, gaudy, or tasteless manner.
Origin of bedizen
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- (tr) archaic to dress or decorate gaudily or tastelessly
Word Origin for bedizen
C17: from be- + obsolete dizen to dress up, of uncertain origin
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1660s, from be- + dizen "to dress" (1610s), especially, from late 18c., "to dress finely, adorn," originally "to dress (a distaff) for spinning" (1520s), and evidently the verbal form of the first element in distaff.
It is remarkable that neither the vb., nor the sb. as a separate word, has been found in OE. or ME., and that on the other hand no vb. corresponding to dizen is known in L.G. or Du. [OED]
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