One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Dress up or decorate gaudily.‘a uniform bedizened with resplendent medals’
equip, kit out, fit out, fit up, rig out, supply, issue, furnish with, provide, provision, stock, armView synonyms
- ‘Thus, near the middle, Semiha Berksoy, a 90-year-old Turkish opera squawker, campily bedizened and reclining on a sofa, is slowly propelled across the stage as a recording of the Liebestod is encroached on by her decrepit screech.’
- ‘It's nice to bedizen the place up every so often.’
- ‘Do you ever suppose that Jesus walked about bedizened in priestly robes and a crown, and with yon jewels on his breast, and a gilt aureole round his head?’
- ‘In her one good scene, a bewigged, bedizened Crawford chases a properly terrified teen away from her quarry, shouting at her.’
- ‘Fancy a pagne or skirt all formed of little strips of material bedizened with red and black hieroglyphics, stiffened with bitumen, and apparently belonging to a freshly unbandaged mummy.’
Mid 17th century: from be- (as an intensifier) + obsolete dizen ‘deck out’, probably of Dutch origin.
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