disguise

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Middle English disgisen, disguisen, borrowed from Old French desguiser (modern déguiser), itself derived from des- (dis-)" (from Latin dis-) + guise (guise) (from a Germanic source).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (UK) IPA(key): /dɪsˈɡaɪz/, /dɪzˈɡaɪz/
  • General American IPA(key): /dɪˈskaɪz/
  • (file)
  • Hyphenation: dis‧guise
  • Rhymes: -aɪz

Noun[edit]

disguise (plural disguises)

  1. Attire (e.g. clothing, makeup) used to hide one's identity or assume another.
    That cape and mask complete his disguise.
  2. (figuratively) The appearance of something on the outside which masks what's beneath.
  3. The act of disguising, notably as a ploy
    Any disguise may expose soldiers to be deemed enemy spies.

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Verb[edit]

disguise (third-person singular simple present disguises, present participle disguising, simple past and past participle disguised)

  1. (transitive) To change the appearance of (a person or thing) so as to hide, or to assume an identity.
    Spies often disguise themselves.
    • Macaulay
      Bunyan was forced to disguise himself as a wagoner.
  2. (transitive) To avoid giving away or revealing (something secret); to hide by a false appearance.
    He disguised his true intentions.
  3. (archaic) To affect or change by liquor; to intoxicate.
    • Spectator
      I have just left the right worshipful, and his myrmidons, about a sneaker or five gallons; the whole magistracy was pretty well disguised before I gave them the ship.

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