A young French officer of Zouaves was coming towards her; his high wrinkled and varnished boots gleamed in the gaslight.
They might be varnished, and that would make them look very neat and pretty.
The Bee has varnished the clay of her cell with the saliva applied by her tongue.
By that time he must have known every pine knot in the varnished ceiling.
Even in the extreme heat Monkey Brand wore a high hat and a long buttoned-up frock-coat and varnished boots.
She was built of pine wood, and varnished without any paint.
Some seven years ago I varnished a table-top which had been grained.
Her hull is varnished a bright yellow colour, and shines in the sun.
He had a varnished look, and, dressed for the part, would have made a splendid stage pirate.
As the spars have to be varnished, it is best to make them first.
mid-14c., from Old French vernis "varnish" (12c.), from Medieval Latin vernix "odorous resin," perhaps from Late Greek verenike, from Greek Berenike, name of an ancient city in Libya (modern Bengasi) credited with the first use of varnishes. The town is named for Berenike II, queen of Egypt (see Berenice). Figurative sense of "specious gloss, pretense," is recorded from 1560s.
late 14c.; see varnish (n.). Related: Varnished; varnishing.