- 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 burroweddelve, lair, tunnel, couch, shelter, den, hovel, retreat, excavate, undermine
Examples from the Web for burrowed
Contemporary Examples of burrowed
He has burrowed so deeply into his work that he hasn't even bothered to get a tan—much to New York's chagrin.Mad Men’s Dramatic Déjà Vu: ‘Time Zones’ Feels Redundant
April 14, 2014
Although none of these issues are burrowed into, they scroll by in manner that is commodious and vivid.Great Weekend Reads: 4 New Novels, November 13, 2011
Susan Salter Reynolds, Christopher Byrd, John Wilwol, Jennifer Miller
November 13, 2011
Historical Examples of burrowed
Ned burrowed in the bodies for a moment and dragged Billy out.Arm of the Law
He burrowed deep, deep, in the hope of my absolution, which would have been of no good to him.Lord Jim
With which sage remark, Amanda burrowed into her cloaks and slumbered.Shawl-Straps
Louisa M. Alcott
They burrowed under the snow until they could gnaw them, and thus they released us.The Young Treasure Hunter
Frank V. Webster
She burrowed under her pillow to ease the trembling that seized her.
- 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.