WORD ORIGIN 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. to polish. Origin of furbish 1350–1400; Middle English furbishen < Middle French forbiss-, long stem of forbir to polish, clean < Germanic; compare Old High German furban Related forms fur·bish·er, noun un·fur·bished, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for un-furbished verb (tr) to make bright by polishing; burnish ( often foll by up) to improve the appearance or condition of; renovate; restore Derived Forms furbisher, noun Word Origin for furbish
C14: from Old French
fourbir to polish, of Germanic origin
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Word Origin and History for un-furbished v.
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.
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