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gus·sy

gussy

 
pronunciation:
guh si
parts of speech:
intransitive verb, transitive verb
part of speech: intransitive verb
inflections: gussies, gussying, gussied
definition: (informal) to dress in one's best clothes, or to dress in an exaggeratedly showy manner (usu. fol. by "up").
I'd never seen him out of sweatshirts and jeans, but he gussied up for his friend's wedding.
 
part of speech: transitive verb
definition: (informal) to dress up; decorate for show (usu. fol. by "up").
She gussied up her apartment for her parents' visit.