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guising (ˈɡaɪzɪŋ Pronunciation for guising



  1. (in Scotland and N England) the practice or custom of disguising oneself in fancy dress, often with a mask, and visiting people's houses, esp at Halloween

Derived Forms

ˈguiser noun

guise (ɡaɪz Pronunciation for guise



  1. semblance or pretence   ⇒ under the guise of friendship
  2. external appearance in general
  3. (archaic) manner or style of dress
  4. (obsolete) customary behaviour or manner


  1. (dialect) to disguise or be disguised in fancy dress
  2. (transitive) (archaic) to dress or dress up

Word Origin

C13: from Old French guise, of Germanic origin; see wise²

Example Sentences Including 'guising'

Home fans reckon the former Hibee has been guising as a player since his arrival from Stoke.
Sun, News of the World (1999)
Years ago, ` guising " was an enjoyable Scottish custom when children dressed up and visited neighbours to sing songs and tell jokes.
Sun, News of the World (2004)


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