gussy up


gus·​sy up ˈgə-sē-ˈəp How to pronounce gussy up (audio)
gussied up; gussying up; gussies up

Examples of gussy up in a Sentence

gone are the days when the high school prom was held in the gym, which had been gussied up for the occasion
Recent Examples on the Web Took several payments of $350,000—to gussy up China’s image in the West. Michael Tomasky, The New Republic, 14 July 2023 For a condiment upgrade, gussy up a bottle of ketchup with tahini. Joe Sevier, Bon Appétit, 14 June 2023 Want to gussy up the denim? Jill Gleeson, Country Living, 23 June 2021 Landscape architecture is often be treated as an afterthought — a way to gussy up the place after a building is done. Los Angeles Times, 20 May 2021 Chip and Joanna Gaines gussy up a boxed cake mix with yogurt, pudding mix and chocolate chips to make a showstopping sweet topped off with a homemade chocolate glaze. Sabrina Weiss, Peoplemag, 13 Feb. 2023 But the teen-witch narrative that the film adopts is hard to gussy up, especially since after Hocus Pocus there was no shortage of such stories, from Halloweentown to Sabrina (and its reboot). Lovia Gyarkye, The Hollywood Reporter, 29 Sep. 2022 Let the kids help, for a personalized touch. Kid Friendly Things To Do Grab some spray paint and gussy up some mini emergency cones for a festive fall version of horseshoes. Lizz Schumer, Good Housekeeping, 10 Aug. 2022 Just make sure to gussy up for the occasion: rather than rodeo attire, the dress code here could rival the Kentucky Derby. Skye Sherman, Travel + Leisure, 19 Apr. 2022 See More

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Word History


origin unknown

First Known Use

1906, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of gussy up was in 1906

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“Gussy up.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2023.

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