transitive verb Etymology: Middle English furbisshen, from Anglo-French furbiss-, stem of furbir, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German furben to polish Date: 14th century 1. to make lustrous ; polish 2. to give a new look to ; renovate — often used with upfurbisher noun

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  • Furbish — Fur bish, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Furbished}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Furbishing}.] [OE. forbischen, OF. forbir, furbir, fourbir, F. fourbir, fr. OHG. furban to clean. See { ish}.] To rub or scour to brightness; to clean; to burnish; as, to furbish a sword …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • furbish — index rehabilitate Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • furbish — late 14c. (implied mid 13c. in surname Furbisher), from O.Fr. forbiss , prp. stem of forbir to polish, burnish; mend, repair (12c., Mod.Fr. fourbir), from a Germanic source (Cf. O.H.G. furban to polish ), from PIE root *prep to appear. Related:… …   Etymology dictionary

  • furbish — [v] polish; renovate brighten, buff, burnish, clean, deck out*, fix up, glaze, gloss, gussy up*, improve, recondition, refurbish, rehabilitate, renew, restore, rub, shine, smarten up*, spruce up*; concepts 162,165,700 …   New thesaurus

  • furbish — [fʉr′bish] vt. [ME furbishen < extended stem of OFr forbir < WGmc * furbjan, to clean > MHG vürben] 1. to brighten by rubbing or scouring; polish; burnish 2. to make usable or attractive again; renovate: usually with up furbisher n …   English World dictionary

  • furbish — furbisher, n. /ferr bish/, v.t. 1. to restore to freshness of appearance or good condition (often fol. by up): to furbish a run down neighborhood; to furbish up one s command of a foreign language. 2. to polish. [1350 1400; ME furbishen < MF… …   Universalium

  • furbish — /ˈfɜbɪʃ / (say ferbish) verb (t) 1. Also, furbish up. to restore to freshness of appearance or condition. 2. to remove rust from (armour, weapons, etc.); polish; burnish. {Middle English furbish(en), from Old French forbiss , stem of forbir… …   Australian English dictionary

  • furbish — Synonyms and related words: adorn, array, beautify, bedeck, bedizen, blazon, brighten up, brush up, buff, burnish, color, dandify, deck, deck out, decorate, dizen, doll up, dress, dress up, embellish, emblazon, embroider, enrich, face lift, fig… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • furbish — verb (T) also furbish up to improve the appearance of, or decorate something old compare refurbish (1) …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • furbish — verb a) To polish or burnish. b) To renovate or recondition …   Wiktionary

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