gus•sy [[t]ˈgʌs i[/t]] v. -sied, -sy•ing. Informal.
1) cvb inf to adorn or decorate in a gimmicky, showy manner (usu. fol. by up):
to gussy up a room with mirrors and lights[/ex]
2) cvb inf to dress in one's best clothes (usu. fol. by up)
Etymology: 1950–55; of obscure orig.

From formal English to slang. 2014.

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