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EtymologyEdit

From be- +‎ trim.

VerbEdit

betrim (third-person singular simple present betrims, present participle betrimming, simple past and past participle betrimmed) (transitive)

  1. To set in order; to adorn, deck, or embellish.
    • 1610–1611, William Shakespeare, “The Tempest”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act IV, scene i], page 14:
      Thy bankes with pioned, and twilled brims
      Which ſpungie Aprill, at thy heſt betrims;
      To make cold Nymphes chaſt crownes; []
    • 1845, William Tennant, Esther; or the Fall of Haman, Act III, Scene 3, in Hebrew Dramas, Edinburgh: John Menzies, p. 178,[1]
      I must betrim myself to-day in all
      My rarest ornaments of royalty;
    • 1897, Margaret Sidney, Phronsie Pepper, Boston: Lothrop, Lee & Shepard, Chapter 8, p. 130,[2]
      Alexia [] fanned vigorously, so that she set all the feathers on her much-betrimmed hat into a violent flutter.
  2. To trim (anything) about.

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for betrim in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)

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