what is difference between bedizen and dizen
From be- + dizen.
- IPA(key): /bɪˈdaɪzən/, /bɪˈdɪzən/
bedizen (third-person singular simple present bedizens, present participle bedizening, simple past and past participle bedizened)
- (transitive) To ornament something in showy, tasteless, or gaudy finery.
- Synonym: embellish
- 1735, Alexander Pope, “A LETTER of ADVICE to a Young LADY, who had married above herself, grew vain, and despis’d her Husband” in Mr. Pope’s Literary Correspondence, London: E. Curll, Volume 2, pp. 69-70,
- Self is a great Fop and a great Slattern: Soul has given her very good Cloaths, fine Ornaments, plain and neat, but Self either leaves them, like a Slut, in every Corner of the House; or when she puts them on, she does bedizen them with Lace and Embroidery, Fringes and Ruffles, Patches, and Powder, that you can hardly see enough of the Garment to distinguish the excellent Stuff which it is made of […]
- 1848, William Makepeace Thackeray, The Book of Snobs, London: Punch, Chapter 19, p. 71,
- Suppose you get in cheap made dishes from the pastrycook’s, and hire a couple of green-grocers, or carpet-beaters, to figure as footmen, dismissing honest MOLLY, who waits on common days, and bedizening your table (ordinarily ornamented with willow-pattern crockery) with twopenny-halfpenny Birmingham plate.
- 1943, Marjorie Faith Barnard, “Arrow of Mistletoe” in The Persimmon Tree and Other Stories, Sydney: Clarendon, p. 12,
- She wore only the subtlest touch of make up and round her delicate throat only a single string of pearls. Among the hundred bedizened women she was a rarity.
- 1969, Maya Angelou, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, New York: Bantam, 1971, Chapter 31, p. 209,
- Dolores flitted around the car, screaming like a banshee, her face bedizened with fury.
- (transitive, Britain dialectal, Northern England) To dirty; cover with dirt.
- disen, dysyn, dizzen
From dialectal dize (“to put tow on a distaff”), from Middle English *disen, from Old English *disan, *disian, from *dise, *disen (“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”).
- IPA(key): /ˈdɪzən/
dizen (third-person singular simple present dizens, present participle dizening, simple past and past participle dizened)
- (transitive) To dress with flax for spinning.
- (transitive) To dress with clothes; attire; deck; bedizen.
- (transitive, Britain dialectal) To dress showily; adorn; dress out.
- Archaic spelling of dicen.
- IPA(key): /diˈzen/
- Hyphenation: di‧zen
- second-person singular possessive of dize
- plural of dize