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[bor-oh, bawr-oh] /ˈbɒr oʊ, ˈbɔr oʊ/
George, 1803–81, English traveler, writer, and student of languages, especially Romany.
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[buh-roh-vee-uh n] /bəˈroʊ vi ən/ (Show IPA),
adjective, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for george borrow
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  • Elsewhere, however, in his writings, george borrow speaks highly of the Spaniards in general.

    The Story of Seville Walter M. Gallichan
  • The early childhood of george borrow was spent in stirring times.

    The Life of George Borrow Herbert Jenkins
  • I wish it were possible for me to reconstruct that Norwich world into which young george borrow entered at thirteen years of age.

    Immortal Memories Clement Shorter
  • george borrow does not write in flattering terms of the Andalusians.

    The Story of Seville Walter M. Gallichan
  • Scrupulous veracity was hardly a characteristic of the late george borrow.

    The Coming of the Friars Augustus Jessopp
  • The poet Cowper was buried in the church there, and george borrow was born there in 1803.

  • Provocative, unsatisfying, fascinating—such is george borrow.

  • The fact is, there is no use blinking it, mankind cannot afford to quarrel with george borrow, and will not do so.

    Res Judicat Augustine Birrell
  • george borrow had to face the hard lot of all those who start on the path of usefulness, honour, and heaven.

    Gipsy Life George Smith
  • Still, though prediction is to be avoided, it is impossible to feel otherwise than very cheerful about george borrow.

    Res Judicat Augustine Birrell
British Dictionary definitions for george borrow


to obtain or receive (something, such as money) on loan for temporary use, intending to give it, or something equivalent or identical, back to the lender
to adopt (ideas, words, etc) from another source; appropriate
(not standard) to lend
(golf) to putt the ball uphill of the direct path to the hole
(intransitive) (golf) (of a ball) to deviate from a straight path because of the slope of the ground
(golf) a deviation of a ball from a straight path because of the slope of the ground: a left borrow
material dug from a borrow pit to provide fill at another
living on borrowed time
  1. living an unexpected extension of life
  2. close to death
Derived Forms
borrower, noun
Usage note
The use of off after borrow was formerly considered incorrect, but is now acceptable in informal contexts
Word Origin
Old English borgian; related to Old High German borgēn to take heed, give security


George (Henry). 1803–81, English traveller and writer. His best-known works are the semiautobiographical novels of Gypsy life and language, Lavengro (1851) and its sequel The Romany Rye (1857)
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Word Origin and History for george borrow



Old English borgian "to lend, be surety for," from Proto-Germanic *borg "pledge" (cf. Old English borg "pledge, security, bail, debt," Old Norse borga "to become bail for, guarantee," Middle Dutch borghen "to protect, guarantee," Old High German boragen "to beware of," German borgen "to borrow; to lend"), from PIE *bhergh- "to hide, protect" (see bury). Sense shifted in Old English to "borrow," apparently on the notion of collateral deposited as security for something borrowed. Related: Borrowed; borrowing.

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Idioms and Phrases with george borrow


In addition to the idiom beginning with
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