verb \im-ˈbri-dər\

: to sew a design on a piece of cloth

: to make (a story, the truth, etc.) more interesting by adding details that are not true or accurate

em·broi·deredem·broi·der·ing \-d(ə-)riŋ\

Full Definition of EMBROIDER

transitive verb
a :  to ornament with needlework
b :  to form with needlework
:  to elaborate on :  embellish <embroider a story>
intransitive verb
:  to make embroidery
:  to provide embellishments :  elaborate
em·broi·der·er \-ˈbri-dər-ər\ noun

Examples of EMBROIDER

  1. She embroidered tiny flowers on the baby's scarf.
  2. a scarf embroidered with tiny flowers
  3. He is known to embroider the truth about his service in the army.


alteration of Middle English embroderen, from Anglo-French embrouder, from en- + brosder, brouder to embroider, of Germanic origin; akin to Old English brord point, byrst bristle
First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with EMBROIDER


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