- a ruffle or flounce, as on a woman's skirt or petticoat.
- any bit of showy trimming or finery.
- to ornament with or as if with furbelows.
Origin of furbelow
Related Words for furbelowcurio, ornament, bauble, souvenir, bric-a-brac, embellishment, color, wreath, trinket, finery, design, ribbon, plaque, twist, ornamentation, quirk, trifle, toy, thingamajig, frill
Examples from the Web for furbelow
Historical Examples of furbelow
Her sex was the very essence of her; she had no need to wear it like a furbelow.The Nest Builder
Beatrice Forbes-Robertson Hale
How ridiculous that one should suffer from want of a frill or a furbelow!The Golden Censer
A furbelow of precious stones, a hat buttoned with a diamond, a brocade waistcoat or petticoat, are standing topics.
Then why, in the name of common sense, did you gaze so earnestly at the furbelow lady herself?The Widow Barnaby
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
- a flounce, ruffle, or other ornamental trim
- (often plural) showy ornamentation
- (tr) to put a furbelow on (a garment)
Word Origin for furbelow
Word Origin and History 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.