Origin of borrowing
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 borrowingfinancing
Examples from the Web for borrowing
Contemporary Examples of borrowing
“He is borrowing my voice to tell you this story,” she told the crowd.A Sunni-Shia Love Story Imperiled by al Qaeda
December 26, 2014
Generally, the better the rating, the lower the borrowing cost for the issuer.Fact-Checking the Sunday Shows: November 9
November 10, 2014
Borrowing language from his father, Paul said he does not wear his religion “on my sleeve.”Is Rand Paul Christian Enough for the GOP?
August 2, 2014
Ravitch has said the borrowing would have been temporary and would have come in exchange for a more transparent budget.Powerbroker Richard Ravitch Thinks New York Might Be Doomed
April 26, 2014
In hopes of standing out amid the Easter crazy, some churches are borrowing themes from popular culture.Can’t Fill the House On Easter? Try Handing Out Gadgets
Matthew Paul Turner
April 20, 2014
Historical Examples of borrowing
He could scarcely chide her for borrowing, grotesque as the borrowing was.Cleo The Magnificent
It was the idea of borrowing the six months' back rent from him.L'Assommoir
I hope to prove that if any borrowing was done, it was done by Flagg.
You understand a man like that hasn't the ghost of a chance when it comes to borrowing clothes.Lord Jim
"Borrowing, Boyne—they used the word 'borrowed,'" Edwards put in.The Million-Dollar Suitcase
- 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