From dialectal dize (“to put tow on a distaff”), from Middle English *disen, from Old English *disan, *disian, from *dise, *disen (“bunch of flax on a distaff”), from Proto-Germanic *disanō (“distaff”), of unknown origin, equivalent to dize + -en. Cognate with Middle Low German dise, disene (“distaff”). More at dize.
- (transitive) To dress with flax for spinning.
- (transitive) To dress with clothes; attire; deck; bedizen.
- (transitive, Britain dialectal) To dress showily; adorn; dress out.