furbish

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v furbish polish and make shiny "buff the wooden floors","buff my shoes"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. t Furbish To rub or scour to brightness; to clean; to burnish; as, to furbish a sword or spear. "Furbish new the name of John a Gaunt."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • furbish To rub or scour to brightness; polish; burnish.
    • furbish Figuratively, to clear from taint or stain; renew the glory or brightness of; renovate.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Furbish fur′bish to purify or polish: to rub up until bright: to renovate.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. forbischen, OF. forbir, furbir, fourbir, F. fourbir, fr. OHG. furban, to clean. See -ish
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. fourbiss-, fourbir, from Old High Ger. furban, to purify.

Usage

In literature:

Jupiter sent off his thunderbolt to a noted coppersmith to have it furbished up for the direful occasion.
"Journeys Through Bookland, Vol. 8" by Charles H. Sylvester
I believe we can furbish them up sufficiently to make the room habitable.
"Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1905 to 1906" by Lucy Maud Montgomery
The garrison, numbering from 800 to 1000, now began to furbish itself up, to arm and practise with the rifle.
"South Africa and the Transvaal War, Vol. 2 (of 6)" by Louis Creswicke
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" by Vicente Blasco Ibáñez
What have you forged and furbished to-day?
"The Wagnerian Romances" by Gertrude Hall
He furbished up some old "patter" and injected new anecdotes.
"McClure's Magazine, Vol. XXXI, No. 3, July 1908." by Various
They would furbish up their arms, and sharpen their weapons, and decorate their helmets and war-jackets.
"Children of Borneo" by Edwin Herbert Gomes
Denis, the furbisher, 33/26.
"Dialogues in French and English" by William Caxton
It was not an old sonnet furbished up to fit the purpose of a friend.
"The Gorgeous Isle" by Gertrude Atherton
And to be sure our darling little cottage did lift up its head wonderfully for all this garnishing and furbishing.
"The May Flower, and Miscellaneous Writings" by Harriet Beecher Stowe
She must wait, and watch, and furbish her weapons.
"The Silent Barrier" by Louis Tracy
The bedrooms, gayly furbished with chintz and matting, were up-stairs.
"Ancestors" by Gertrude Atherton
Furbish, which had been buried near Sam Poffenberger's.
"Joseph K. F. Mansfield, Brigadier General of the U.S. Army" by John Mead Gould
By night you shall furbish iron.
"The Abbatial Crosier" by Eugène Sue
I wanted to furbish up my information on that remote corner of the world, which, in a way, I had preempted as my own.
"The Man Who Couldn't Sleep" by Arthur Stringer
He tells me to open the cases, and gives you free hand to furbish up in any way you see fit, to make things comfortable for the winter.
"A Cry in the Wilderness" by Mary E. Waller
The great folk had laid out their best clothes; military insignia and Masonic regalia had been furbished up.
"Ghetto Tragedies" by Israel Zangwill
There was a general furbishing up of the streets and quais.
"Dumas' Paris" by Francis Miltoun
But we will go off together in a week or two, so try and furbish up your French.
"The Three Impostors" by Arthur Machen
Perhaps she'll furbish him up.
"The Daughter Pays" by Mrs. Baillie Reynolds
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In news:

If you have not been to Grady Stadium lately its worth the trip as its been re-furbished and looks fantastic.
At a cost to the county of about $32 million, Covanta is proposing a 20-year commitment to re-furbish and run what was formerly known as WASTEC.
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