verb (used with object), clothed or clad, cloth·ing.

to dress; attire.
to provide with clothing.
to cover with or as with clothing.

Origin of clothe

before 950; Middle English clothen, Old English clāthian, derivative of clāth cloth
Related formshalf-clothed, adjectivepre·clothe, verb (used with object), pre·clothed, pre·cloth··clothe, verb (used with object), re·clothed or re·clad, re·cloth·ing.un·der·clothed, adjectivewell-clothed, adjective
Can be confusedcloth clothe clothes

Synonyms for clothe Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for well-clothed

Contemporary Examples of well-clothed

Historical Examples of well-clothed

  • The canoes were filled with well-clothed, intelligent natives.

    The Cruise of the Mary Rose

    William H. G. Kingston

  • Again he saw his big, well-clothed figure in a glass, and he smiled.

    The Guarded Heights

    Wadsworth Camp

  • This well-clothed vegetable is now fit to see company, or make love.

  • He sent his labouring people out to the neighbourhood, and gathered to him thirty well-clothed men, and rode home with them.


    Snorri Sturlason

  • Well-fed, well-clothed and well-housed, he still fears the elements and dreads exposure and hunger.

British Dictionary definitions for well-clothed


adjective (well clothed when postpositive)

dressed in good quality clothes


verb clothes, clothing, clothed or clad (tr)

to dress or attire (a person)
to provide with clothing or covering
to conceal or disguise
to endow or invest

Word Origin for clothe

Old English clāthian, from clāth cloth; related to Old Norse klætha
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Word Origin and History for well-clothed



Old English claðian, from claþ (see cloth). Related: Clothed, clothing. Other Old English words for this were scrydan and gewædian.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper