Also found in: Idioms, Wikipedia.
Related to gussy: gussy up


tr.v. gus·sied, gus·sy·ing, gus·sies Slang
To dress or decorate elaborately; adorn or embellish: gussied herself up in sequins and feathers.

[Perhaps from Australian slang gussie, an effeminate man, from Gussie, diminutive of the personal name Augustus.]
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.


(ˈgʌs i)

v. -sied, -sy•ing. Informal. v.t.
1. to adorn or decorate in a gimmicky, showy manner (usu. fol. by up): to gussy up a room with mirrors and lights.
2. to dress in one's best clothes (usu. fol. by up).
[1950–55; of obscure orig.]
Random House Kernerman Webster's College Dictionary, © 2010 K Dictionaries Ltd. Copyright 2005, 1997, 1991 by Random House, Inc. All rights reserved.
References in periodicals archive ?
Under Gussy and the excellent team of coaches we have been building a winning environment.
Customers can choose beef, chicken chipotle, veggie or Italian sausage Evil Dogs and gussy them up Sissy Spacek-style, with Evil Toppings of roasted tomatoes and a Frito crunch, or go the head-spinning Linda Blair route, which includes a house-made chipotle barbecue sauce with pulled pork.
Jones gave his blessing for Gustard to move, confirming: "I wish Gussy all the best.
Count Curly Wee & Gussy Goose was another popular strip, created by artist Roland Clibborn.
They're all meant to gussy you up for the holidays or get you ready for sporty adventures as the New Year approaches.
And David Wachman doubled-up with Gussy Goose (Fran Berry) and Wardell (Wayne Lordan)/ Meanwhile, action reverts to the National Hunt game in Kilbeggan tonight.
Woolf gave it a bit of a gussy up, and lived there with his partner, Robert Koch Woolf until the mid-1970s.
Julia Roberts is the voice of Charlotte the spider and Oprah Winfrey the voice of Gussy the goose.
The 106-rated rated The Warrior ought to win the 6f maiden (2.40), but Gussy Goose is quite classy too and won't be far away.
NAVAN: 1.55 Danz Gift, 2.25 Blueberry Gal, 2.55 Thunder Zone, 3.25 Gussy Goose, 3.55 Dragon Gate, 4.30 Nancy Rose, 5.00 All About Alfie, 5.30 Felix Mendelssohn.
Meanwhile, the fight between McLeod and Chief Boden intensifies; Isabella persuades Mills to gussy up for a gala; Casey deals with the fact that Dawson won't be around as much anymore .
After being late to the game with luxury appointments now standard on carriers including Emirates and Singapore Airlines, Air France-KLM is spending 1 billion euros ($1.37 billion) over three to four years to gussy up its long-haul fleet.