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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

Etymologies

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)

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