from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. Archaic To dress; adorn.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To deal with, handle.
- v. To have sexual intercourse with.
- v. To dispose, put (in a given state or condition).
- v. To compose, make.
- v. To furnish, equip.
- v. To dress, array; to adorn.
- v. To make ready, prepare.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To prepare; to put in order; hence, to dress, or put on; to array; to adorn.
- transitive v. To have sexual intercourse with.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To set in order; arrange; dispose.
- Reflexively, to set or address.
- To put into a certain condition or position.
- To dispose of; treat.
- To prepare; make ready.
- To prepare or make ready by dressing or cooking.
- To prepare or make ready by equipping or arraying; dress; equip; array; deck; adorn.
- To put into the proper or any desired condition by removing obstructions or inequalities; dress; clean.
- By sifting or winnowing: as, to dight corn. [In sense 6, Scotch (pronounced dicht and sometimes spelled dicht) and North. Eng.]
- Finely; well.
When I read the word "dight," my mind went immediately back to Chaucer, Troilus and Criseyde, l. 146, "in Omer, or in Dares, or in Dyte."
The latest entry Sommer prowde with Daffadillies dight, Posted Saturday, April 30, 2005—there are no permalinks focuses on the word "dight," which I knew as an archaic word for 'adorn'; I probably once knew, but had forgotten, that it was from Latin dictāre 'to dictate, order.'
Question about the etymology- although 'dight' surely does look derived from 'dictare', can't it also be some variant of 'decked'?
I wonder which sense of "dight" gave rise to its use in a sexual context: "adorn, decorate" or "order, dictate."
Indeed, Moulsworth vows to transmute the faulty model provided by the Biblical Martha, the archetypal busy housewife: Moulsworth plans to "dight" (or make ready) her "Inward house" (l. 19) and thus prepare an appropriate habitation for Christ.
Let's not lose dight of the main objective: a Democrat in the White House.
Father, thou hearest thy children's lamentation; say, shall I e'er, as warrior dight, avenge thy slaughter?
So they arrayed them in gold and many a fair thing, and she went with her damsels till they came to the hall of Brynhild, and that hall was dight with gold, and stood on a high hill; and whenas their goings were seen, it was told Brynhild, that a company of women drove toward the burg in gilded waggons.
I give thee gold and all kinds of good things to take to thee after thy father, dear bought rings and bed-gear of the maids of the Huns, the most courteous and well dight of all women; and thus is thy husband atoned for: and thereafter shalt thou be given to
Sharrkan looked at her his wits went nigh to fly away from him with delight; and he forgot army and Wazir as he gazed on her fair head decked and dight with a net work of pearls set off by divers sorts of gems.
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