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Date: 1900-2000
Origin: Perhaps from gussie 'weak or stupid man' (19-20 centuries), from the male or female name Gussie

gussy

verb
     
gus‧sy past tense and past participle gussied, present participle gussying, third person singular gussies

gussy somebody/something ↔ up

phrasal verb
to make someone look attractive by dressing them in their best clothes, or to make something look attractive by decorating it:
All the girls will be gussied up for the party.

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