verb (used with object)
- furbish lousewort,
Origin of furbish
Examples from the Web for furbish
Look you, my good Stephen, can't you let me go in somewhere and furbish myself up a little before breakfast?The Squirrel Inn|Frank R. Stockton
It had been twenty years, perhaps, since a merciful cloth had passed over the illustrious family to furbish it up a little.The Dead Command|Vicente Blasco Ibez
We arrived in time to furbish up and get to the English church before services began.A Tramp Abroad, Complete|Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
Can you furbish up your old ones till then, and thereby prove yourself sensible for once?
I believe we can furbish them up sufficiently to make the room habitable.Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1905 to 1906|Lucy Maud Montgomery
Word Origin 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.