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Sep 8, 2010
This week's theme
Words related to spinning

This week's words
distaff
spinster
dizen
subtile
homespun

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dizen

PRONUNCIATION:
(DY-zuhn, DIZ-uhn)

MEANING:
verb tr.:
1. To attire with finery.
2. To dress or decorate in a gaudy manner.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Old English dis- (a bunch of flax on a distaff for spinning).

USAGE:
"Looking at Lily Savage's costumes, I was reminded of Carlyle's description of Madame Dubarry as a 'wonderfully dizened Scarlet-woman'."
Michael Billington; Aladdin: Sir Ian Proves There's Nothing Quite Like a (Panto) Dame; The Guardian (London, UK); Dec 20, 2004.

See more usage examples of dizen in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
Walking is man's best medicine. -Hippocrates, the Father of Medicine (460-377 BCE)

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