burrow

[ bur-oh, buhr-oh ]
/ ˈbɜr oʊ, ˈbʌr oʊ /

noun

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.

verb (used without object)

verb (used with object)

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Origin of burrow

1325–75; Middle English borow, earlier burh, apparently gradational variant of late Middle English beri burrow, variant of earlier berg refuge, Old English gebeorg, derivative of beorgan to protect; akin to Old English burgen grave, i.e., place of protection for a body; see bury

OTHER WORDS FROM burrow

bur·row·er, nounun·bur·rowed, adjective

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH burrow

borough, burro, burrow .
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British Dictionary definitions for burrow

burrow
/ (ˈbʌrəʊ) /

noun

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

verb

Derived forms of burrow

burrower, noun

Word Origin for burrow

C13: probably a variant of borough
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