verb (used with object)
- furbish lousewort,
Origin of furbelow
Examples from the Web for furbelow
And, if it were a mere fal-lal, a furbelow of larval coquetry, even that would not surprise me.The Glow-Worm and Other Beetles|Jean Henri Fabre
There was not a flower or ruche or frill or furbelow or bow about her dress of which he did not make a mental inventory.Mortomley's Estate, Vol. II (of 3)|Charlotte Elizabeth Lawson Cowan Riddell
Then why, in the name of common sense, did you gaze so earnestly at the furbelow lady herself?The Widow Barnaby|Frances Trollope
It was a hull week afore I could make up my mind to go out of my office, and the sight of a furbelow raly made me sick.
A furbelow of precious stones, a hat buttoned with a diamond, a brocade waistcoat or petticoat, are standing topics.
Word Origin for furbelow
c.1700, alteration of falbala, from French falbala (17c., cognate with Provençal farbello), from Italian falda "fold, flap, pleat," from PIE *pel- "to fold." As a verb from 1701.