From Middle English clothen, from Old English clāþian (“to clothe”), from Proto-Germanic *klaiþōną (“to clothe”), from Proto-Indo-European *gley- (“to adhere to, stick”). Cognate with Dutch kleden, German kleiden, Swedish kläda, after apocope klä. See also cloth, clad.
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈkləʊð/
- (General American) IPA(key): /ˈkloʊð/
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- Rhymes: -əʊð
- (transitive) To adorn or cover with clothing; to dress; to supply clothes or clothing.
- to feed and clothe a family; to clothe oneself extravagantly
- c. 1590-92, William Shakespeare, The Taming of the Shrew, Act IV scene ii:
- Go with me to clothe you as becomes you.
- (Can we date this quote?) Bible, Proverbs xxiii. 21
- Drowsiness shall clothe a man with rags.
- (Can we date this quote?) Goldsmith
- The naked every day he clad, / When he put on his clothes.
- (figuratively) To cover or invest, as if with a garment.
- to clothe somebody with authority or power