from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. Archaic To deck out in fine clothes and ornaments; bedizen.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To dress with flax for spinning.
- v. To dress with clothes; attire; deck; bedizen.
- v. To dress showily; adorn; dress out.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To dress; to attire.
- transitive v. To dress gaudily; to overdress; to bedizen; to deck out.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To dress with flax for spinning, as a distaff.
- To dress with clothes; attire; deck; bedizen.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. dress up garishly and tastelessly
Possibly Middle Dutch disen, to prepare a distaff with flax for spinning, from Middle Low German dise, disene, bunch of flax.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From dialectal dize ("to put tow on a distaff"), from Middle English *disen, from Old English *disan, *disian, from *dise ("bunch of flax on a distaff"), from Proto-Germanic *disanō (“distaff”), of unknown origin, equivalent to dize + -en. Cognate with Middle Low German dise, disene ("distaff"). More at dize. (Wiktionary)