[ fur-buh-loh ]
/ ˈfɜr bəˌloʊ /


a ruffle or flounce, as on a woman's skirt or petticoat.
any bit of showy trimming or finery.

verb (used with object)

to ornament with or as if with furbelows.

Origin of furbelow

First recorded in 1670–80; variant of falbala

Related forms

un·fur·be·lowed, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for furbelow


/ (ˈfɜːbɪˌləʊ) /


a flounce, ruffle, or other ornamental trim
(often plural) showy ornamentation


(tr) to put a furbelow on (a garment)

Word Origin for furbelow

C18: by folk etymology from French dialect farbella; see falbala
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