[ fur-bish ]
/ ˈfɜr bɪʃ /
verb (used with object)
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.
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Origin of furbish
1350–1400; Middle English furbishen<Middle French forbiss-, long stem of forbir to polish, clean <Germanic; compare Old High German furban
OTHER WORDS FROM furbishfur·bish·er, nounun·fur·bished, adjective
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How to use furbish in a sentence
After dinner into London and bought some books, and a belt, and had my sword new furbished.
She furbished up her wedding gown and made engagements to sing at parlor entertainments.
His mother marveled why Saul furbished himself up so carefully that evening.
They had brushed their clothes, furbished their arms, and put on the best possible appearance.
British Dictionary definitions for furbish
to make bright by polishing; burnish
(often foll by up) to improve the appearance or condition of; renovate; restore
Derived forms of furbishfurbisher, noun
Word Origin for furbish
C14: from Old French fourbir to polish, of Germanic origin
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