- to restore to freshness of appearance or good condition (often followed by up): to furbish a run-down neighborhood; to furbish up one's command of a foreign language.
- to polish.
Origin of furbish
Examples from the Web for furbish
I have, however, a maxim of Thoreau which I furbish up for just such occasions.Everyday Adventures
Put on the helmets and the brigandines, and furbish the spears.The History of Antiquity, Vol. III (of VI)
It only induces Guido to furbish up his tools for a fresh assault.The Browning Cyclopdia
Their chief kept me for a time to oversee and tend his horse, and to furbish his weapons.The Abbatial Crosier
But we will go off together in a week or two, so try and furbish up your French.The Three Impostors
- to make bright by polishing; burnish
- (often foll by up) to improve the appearance or condition of; renovate; restore
Word Origin and History for furbish
late 14c. (implied mid-13c. in surname Furbisher), from Old French forbiss-, present participle stem of forbir "to polish, burnish; mend, repair" (12c., Modern French fourbir), from a Germanic source (cf. Old High German furban "to polish"), from PIE root *prep- "to appear." Related: Furbished; furbishing.