- a hole or tunnel in the ground made by a rabbit, fox, or similar animal for habitation and refuge.
- a place of retreat; shelter or refuge.
- to make a hole or passage in, into, or under something.
- to lodge in a burrow.
- to hide.
- to proceed by or as if by digging.
- to put a burrow into (a hill, mountainside, etc.).
- to hide (oneself), as in a burrow.
- to make by or as if by burrowing: We burrowed our way through the crowd.
Origin of burrow
Related Words for burrowdelve, lair, tunnel, couch, shelter, den, hovel, retreat, excavate, undermine
Examples from the Web for burrow
Contemporary Examples of burrow
If opened, the RAT will burrow into the host computer and give control of the machine to the hacker.15-Year-Old Egyptian Cyber Activist Takes on Israel
November 21, 2012
You start with pain, burrow into dirt, get to memory, and end with motive.Who Is Philip Roth’s Portnoy Satirizing?
August 28, 2012
This is not a bug that can get on the surface and burrow in.Necrotizing Fasciitis: How ‘Flesh-Eating Bacteria’ Strike
May 14, 2012
Historical Examples of burrow
They then began to make holes through them, and to burrow underneath.The Story of the Malakand Field Force
Sir Winston S. Churchill
When they want to hide, they burrow under one of these rookeries.The Underdog
F. Hopkinson Smith
They burrow underneath the surface, you know, and one never sees them.Good Indian
B. M. Bower
I'm a contemptible thing that runs to its burrow when it hears of danger.Changing Winds
St. John G. Ervine
To pray for your bread or to burrow in the earth for it, is it not the same with most people?The Book of Khalid
- a hole or tunnel dug in the ground by a rabbit, fox, or other small animal, for habitation or shelter
- a small snug place affording shelter or retreat
- to dig (a burrow) in, through, or under (ground)
- (intr often foll by through) to move through by or as by diggingto burrow through the forest
- (intr) to hide or live in a burrow
- (intr) to delve deeplyhe burrowed into his pockets
- to hide (oneself)
Word Origin for burrow
"rabbit-hole, fox-hole, etc.," c.1300, borewe, from Old English burgh "stronghold, fortress" (see borough); influenced by bergh "hill," and berwen "to defend, take refuge."
c.1600, "to place in a burrow, from burrow (n.). Figuratively (e.g. to burrow (one's) head) by 1862. Intransitive sense, "to bore one's way into, penetrate" is from 1610s, originally figurative (literal sense, of animals, attested by 1771). Related: Burrowed; borrowing.