To outfit or decorate tawdrily or with untrue taste
- decorate tastelessly
- dress-up garishly and tastelessly
- To outfit or adorn tawdrily or with untrue style.
1660s, from be- + dizen "to dress" (1610s), particularly, from late 18c., "to dress carefully, decorate," initially "to dress (a distaff) for spinning" (1520s), and evidently the verbal as a type of 1st take into account distaff. It's remarkable that neither the vb., nor the sb. as an independent word, has been found in OE. or ME., and that having said that no vb. corresponding to dizen is famous in L.G. or Du. [OED]
(v. t.) To outfit or decorate tawdrily or with false style.