bedizen


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be·di·zen

 (bĭ-dī′zən, -dĭz′ən)
tr.v. be·di·zened, be·di·zen·ing, be·di·zens
To ornament or dress in a showy or gaudy manner.

[be- + dizen.]

be·di′zen·ment n.

bedizen

(bɪˈdaɪzən; -ˈdɪzən)
vb
(tr) archaic to dress or decorate gaudily or tastelessly
[C17: from be- + obsolete dizen to dress up, of uncertain origin]
beˈdizenment n

be•di•zen

(bɪˈdaɪ zən, -ˈdɪz ən)

v.t.
to dress or adorn gaudily or tastelessly.
[1655–65; be- + dizen]
be•di′zen•ment, n.

bedizen


Past participle: bedizened
Gerund: bedizening

Imperative
bedizen
bedizen
Present
I bedizen
you bedizen
he/she/it bedizens
we bedizen
you bedizen
they bedizen
Preterite
I bedizened
you bedizened
he/she/it bedizened
we bedizened
you bedizened
they bedizened
Present Continuous
I am bedizening
you are bedizening
he/she/it is bedizening
we are bedizening
you are bedizening
they are bedizening
Present Perfect
I have bedizened
you have bedizened
he/she/it has bedizened
we have bedizened
you have bedizened
they have bedizened
Past Continuous
I was bedizening
you were bedizening
he/she/it was bedizening
we were bedizening
you were bedizening
they were bedizening
Past Perfect
I had bedizened
you had bedizened
he/she/it had bedizened
we had bedizened
you had bedizened
they had bedizened
Future
I will bedizen
you will bedizen
he/she/it will bedizen
we will bedizen
you will bedizen
they will bedizen
Future Perfect
I will have bedizened
you will have bedizened
he/she/it will have bedizened
we will have bedizened
you will have bedizened
they will have bedizened
Future Continuous
I will be bedizening
you will be bedizening
he/she/it will be bedizening
we will be bedizening
you will be bedizening
they will be bedizening
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been bedizening
you have been bedizening
he/she/it has been bedizening
we have been bedizening
you have been bedizening
they have been bedizening
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been bedizening
you will have been bedizening
he/she/it will have been bedizening
we will have been bedizening
you will have been bedizening
they will have been bedizening
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been bedizening
you had been bedizening
he/she/it had been bedizening
we had been bedizening
you had been bedizening
they had been bedizening
Conditional
I would bedizen
you would bedizen
he/she/it would bedizen
we would bedizen
you would bedizen
they would bedizen
Past Conditional
I would have bedizened
you would have bedizened
he/she/it would have bedizened
we would have bedizened
you would have bedizened
they would have bedizened
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.bedizen - decorate tastelessly
adorn, decorate, grace, ornament, embellish, beautify - make more attractive by adding ornament, colour, etc.; "Decorate the room for the party"; "beautify yourself for the special day"
2.bedizen - dress up garishly and tastelessly
attire, deck out, deck up, dress up, fancy up, fig out, fig up, rig out, tog out, tog up, trick out, trick up, gussy up, overdress, prink, get up - put on special clothes to appear particularly appealing and attractive; "She never dresses up, even when she goes to the opera"; "The young girls were all fancied up for the party"
References in classic literature ?
Prithee, young one, who art thou, and what has ailed thy mother to bedizen thee in this strange fashion?
His coat has a wide embroidery of golden foliage; and his waistcoat, likewise, is all flowered over and bedizened with gold.
It was a noble gathering of the fairest and the swiftest, each bearing at the bow the carved emblem of her name, as in a gallery of plaster-casts, figures of women with mural crowns, women with flowing robes, with gold fillets on their hair or blue scarves round their waists, stretching out rounded arms as if to point the way; heads of men helmeted or bare; full lengths of warriors, of kings, of statesmen, of lords and princesses, all white from top to toe; with here and there a dusky turbaned figure, bedizened in many colours, of some Eastern sultan or hero, all inclined forward under the slant of mighty bowsprits as if eager to begin another run of 11,000 miles in their leaning attitudes.
One bright afternoon, a gig, gaily bedizened with streamers, was observed to shove off from the side of one of the French frigates, and pull directly for our gangway.
As I go back in spirit and recall that noble sea, reposing among the snow-peaks six thousand feet above the ocean, the conviction comes strong upon me again that Como would only seem a bedizened little courtier in that august presence.
Charlie Sloane's slate pencil, gorgeously bedizened with striped red and yellow paper, costing two cents where ordinary pencils cost only one, which he sent up to her after dinner hour, met with a more favorable reception.
Had I bedizened my aged and broken frame with scarlet and embroidery--had I forced my withered lips to smile at my dead heart--that might have been mockery, or madness.
As usual, she was extraordinarily festooned and bedizened, with a limp Leghorn hat anchored to her head by many windings of faded gauze, and a little black velvet parasol on a carved ivory handle absurdly balanced over her much larger hatbrim.
Neither was it the arrival, so frequent in the fifteenth century, of some plumed and bedizened embassy.
To say the truth, whether it were chance, or skill, or downright witchcraft, there was something wonderfully human in this ridiculous shape, bedizened with its tattered finery; and as for the countenance, it appeared to shrivel its yellow surface into a grin--a funny kind of expression betwixt scorn and merriment, as if it understood itself to be a jest at mankind.
I had a positive abhorrence for the painted, bedizened, dead- faced, glassy-eyed Egeria of Peter Ivanovitch.
The comic touches that bedizen Wodehouse's prose are one of its chief delights.