[ bur-oh, buhr-oh ]
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  1. a hole or tunnel in the ground made by a rabbit, fox, or similar animal for habitation and refuge.

  2. a place of retreat; shelter or refuge.

verb (used without object)
  1. to make a hole or passage in, into, or under something.

  2. to lodge in a burrow.

  1. to hide.

  2. to proceed by or as if by digging.

verb (used with object)
  1. to put a burrow into (a hill, mountainside, etc.).

  2. to hide (oneself), as in a burrow.

  1. to make by or as if by burrowing: We burrowed our way through the crowd.

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, noun
  • un·bur·rowed, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for burrow


/ (ˈbʌrəʊ) /

  1. a hole or tunnel dug in the ground by a rabbit, fox, or other small animal, for habitation or shelter

  2. a small snug place affording shelter or retreat

  1. to dig (a burrow) in, through, or under (ground)

  2. (intr often foll by through) to move through by or as by digging: to burrow through the forest

  1. (intr) to hide or live in a burrow

  2. (intr) to delve deeply: he burrowed into his pockets

  3. to hide (oneself)

Origin of burrow

C13: probably a variant of borough

Derived forms of burrow

  • burrower, noun

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