verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- to sail close to the wind; luff.
- to sail close to the shore.
Origin of borrow
Synonyms for borrow
Related Words for borrowervagabond, panhandler, bum, defaulter, supplicant, deadbeat, tramp, mendicant, hobo, asker, scrounger, rustler, account, bankrupt, risk, welsher, mortgagor
Examples from the Web for borrower
Contemporary Examples of borrower
After getting burned badly in the housing crash, most lenders now check everything on a borrower's loan application.Government Shutdown Could Slow Housing Recovery
October 1, 2013
The borrower loses credibility, respect, and the ability to participate in the market in the future.What the GOP Doesn’t Understand About the Debt
September 26, 2013
For a borrower, these notes add up to a loan, which they then have to pay back over the term.Why Is Larry Summers Signing Up With Lending Club?
December 14, 2012
If you cancel a $200,000 mortgage, that's treated as $200,000 worth of income to the borrower.Debt and Taxes
November 14, 2012
They were the fault of the lender, the borrower, and the regulator.A Famed Private Equity Guru on How Long the Pain Will Last
October 21, 2008
Historical Examples of borrower
It used formerly to be more a case of the standing of the borrower.Elements of Foreign Exchange
For many years we must be a borrower in the markets of the world.The Life, Public Services and Select Speeches of Rutherford B. Hayes
James Quay Howard
The operation was a hazardous one for the lender as well as for the borrower.
That is true; but it will be worn out by the hand and for the profit of the borrower.Sophisms of the Protectionists
That other is the "borrower" of the twenty-five millions from the Bank.Napoleon the Little
- living an unexpected extension of life
- close to death
Word Origin for 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.
In addition to the idiom beginning with borrow
- borrow trouble
- beg, borrow, or steal
- on borrowed time