- 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
Examples from the Web for burrowing
Contemporary Examples of burrowing
But nevertheless, parents should be inspecting the nostrils of their young ones, searching for sugar residue and burrowing larvae.Parents Panic Over Old Fake Smarties Snorting Craze
January 23, 2014
Like Gervais, Merchant revels in burrowing into the most uncomfortable of situations and refusing to leave.‘Breaking Bad’ Finale, ‘Homeland’ Premiere: How to Survive DVRmageddon
September 29, 2013
Dylan Byers at Politico is smelling a traffic breakthrough by burrowing after MSNBC and Andrea Mitchell about Wawagate.Wawagate
June 19, 2012
Historical Examples of burrowing
From his experience, Ricardo declared that man was not a burrowing beast.Victory
Burrowing in the ground in the late fall they remain there all winter.Pathfinder
Fossorial: formed for or with the habit of digging or burrowing.Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology
John. B. Smith
Perhaps half a dozen of his companions had escaped by burrowing in the corn."Wee Tim'rous Beasties"
It hibernates during winter, burrowing beneath the damp ground.The Western World
- 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.