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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [dis-gahyz, dih-skahyz]
    • /dɪsˈgaɪz, dɪˈskaɪz/
    • /dɪsˈɡaɪz/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [dis-gahyz, dih-skahyz]
    • /dɪsˈgaɪz, dɪˈskaɪz/

Definitions of disguise word

  • verb with object disguise to change the appearance or guise of so as to conceal identity or mislead, as by means of deceptive garb: The king was disguised as a peasant. 1
  • verb with object disguise to conceal or cover up the truth or actual character of by a counterfeit form or appearance; misrepresent: to disguise one's intentions. 1
  • noun disguise that which disguises; something that serves or is intended for concealment of identity, character, or quality; a deceptive covering, condition, manner, etc.: Noble words can be the disguise of base intentions. 1
  • noun disguise the makeup, mask, costume, or overall changed appearance of an entertainer: a clown's disguise. 1
  • noun disguise the act of disguising: to speak without disguise. 1
  • noun disguise the state of being disguised; masquerade: The gods appeared in disguise. 1

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Origin of disguise

First appearance:

before 1275
One of the 13% oldest English words
1275-1325; Middle English disg(u)isen < Anglo-French, Old French de(s)guiser, equivalent to des- dis-1 + -guiser, derivative of guise guise

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Parts of speech for Disguise


disguise popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 94% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

disguise usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for disguise

noun disguise

  • guise — François de Lorraine [frahn-swa duh law-ren] /frɑ̃ˈswa də lɔˈrɛn/ (Show IPA), 2nd Duc de, 1519–63, French general and statesman.
  • veil — a piece of opaque or transparent material worn over the face for concealment, for protection from the elements, or to enhance the appearance.
  • cloak — A cloak is a long, loose, sleeveless piece of clothing which people used to wear over their other clothes when they went out.
  • camouflage — Camouflage consists of things such as leaves, branches, or brown and green paint, which are used to make it difficult for an enemy to see military forces and equipment.
  • trickery — the use or practice of tricks or stratagems to deceive; artifice; deception.

verb disguise

  • dress up — of or for a dress or dresses.
  • conceal — If you conceal something, you cover it or hide it carefully.
  • belie — If one thing belies another, it hides the true situation and so creates a false idea or image of someone or something.
  • deceive — If you deceive someone, you make them believe something that is not true, usually in order to get some advantage for yourself.
  • hide — Informal. to administer a beating to; thrash.

Antonyms for disguise

noun disguise

  • honesty — the quality or fact of being honest; uprightness and fairness.
  • personality — the visible aspect of one's character as it impresses others: He has a pleasing personality.
  • reality — the state or quality of being real.
  • back — If you move back, you move in the opposite direction to the one in which you are facing or in which you were moving before.
  • rear — the back of something, as distinguished from the front: The porch is at the rear of the house.

verb disguise

  • disclose — to make known; reveal or uncover: to disclose a secret.
  • divulge — to disclose or reveal (something private, secret, or previously unknown).
  • uncover — to lay bare; disclose; reveal.
  • unmask — to strip a mask or disguise from.
  • let out — (of fur) processed by cutting parallel diagonal slashes into the pelt and sewing the slashed edges together to lengthen the pelt and to improve the appearance of the fur.

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