Two prairie dogs looking out from their burrows.
- The definition of a burrow is a small hole in the ground or a den created by an animal.
An example of burrow is a small underground den where a rabbit lives.
- To burrow is to dig a small hole to create a home, to go underneath or near something in order to seek comfort or to make a hole to get through something solid.
- An example of burrow is when a rabbit digs a den in the ground.
- An example of burrow is when a child hides her face in her mother's skirts for protection.
- An example of burrow is when you push your way through a solid crowd.
- a hole or tunnel dug in the ground by an animal
- any similar passage or hole for shelter, refuge, etc.
Origin of burrowMiddle English burgh (see borough), influenced, influence by bergh, hill, berwen, to defend, take refuge
- to make a burrow; dig (in, into, under, etc.)
- to live or hide in or as in a burrow
- to delve or search, as if by digging
- to make burrows in (the ground)
- to make by burrowing
- to hide or shelter in or as in a burrow
- A hole or tunnel dug in the ground by a small animal, such as a rabbit or mole, for habitation or refuge.
- A narrow or snug place.
verbbur·rowed, bur·row·ing, bur·rows
- a. To dig a hole or tunnel for habitation or refuge.b. To live or hide in such a place.
- To move or progress by or as if by digging or tunneling: “Suddenly the train is burrowing through the pinewoods” ( William Styron )
- To make by or as if by tunneling.
- To dig a hole or tunnel in or through.
- Archaic To hide in or as if in a burrow.
Origin of burrowMiddle English borow
burrow of a woodchuck
B. spy hole
C. excrement chamber
(third-person singular simple present burrows, present participle burrowing, simple past and past participle burrowed)
Origin Unknown. Formally, it appears to be a variant of borough, but this sense is not known in Old English burh or in any Germanic cognate languages.