American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To ornament or dress in a showy or gaudy manner.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To deck or dress out, especially in a tawdry manner or with vulgar finery.
- v. transitive To ornament something in showy, tasteless, or gaudy finery.
- v. transitive, Northern England To dirty; cover with dirt.
- n. colloquial A person who spends most of their time in bed; a slugabed.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To dress or adorn tawdrily or with false taste.
- v. decorate tastelessly
- v. dress up garishly and tastelessly
- Blend of bed and citizen. (Wiktionary)
- be- + dizen. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Thou art in mourning now, as well as I: but if ever thy ridiculous turn lead thee again to be beau-brocade, I will bedizen thee, as the girls say, on my return, to my own fancy, and according to thy own natural appearance — Thou shalt doctor my soul, and I will doctor thy body: thou shalt see what a clever fellow I will make of thee.”
“We, whose fathers at least were Christians, who have grown up under those mediaeval arches even if we bedizen them with all the demons in”
“Prithee, young one, who art thou, and what has ailed thy mother to bedizen thee in this strange fashion?”
“I wasn't sure quite why I had resisted the array of baubles with which she had tried to further bedizen me; perhaps it was mere dislike of fussiness.”
“And Lily went up to her dressing-room; she wanted to look her best, to bedizen herself ... a little red on her lips, a little blue on her eyelids”
“It was the aid of Russia which enabled her to overthrow the great Napoleon, and now she permits the little Napoleon to bully her into a war with Russia that he may bedizen his name with the glory of a conflict with the conqueror of his illustrious kinsman.”
“He deplores himself, he distrusts himself, he plainly wishes heartily that he was not himself, but he never makes the slightest attempt to disguise and bedizen himself.”
“I will so bedizen your virile, though somewhat crassly practical gifts ---- Why, women are my long suit.”
“Thus a Frenchman, viewing the undraped statues which bedizen his native galleries of art, either enjoys them in a purely aesthetic fashion -- which is seldom possible save when he is in liquor -- or confesses frankly that he doesn't like them at all; whereas the visiting Americano is so powerfully shocked and fascinated by them that one finds him, the same evening, in places where no respectable man ought to go.”
“I don't know what sort of a way you'd bedizen yourself out if I'd let you, I'm sure.”
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