- a flounce or ruffle
- a showy, useless decoration or elaboration: usually used in pl.
Origin of furbelowaltered (by associated, association with fur) from Provençal farbello, a fringe, flounce, variant, variety of French falbala, furbelow
to decorate with or as with furbelows
- A ruffle or flounce on a garment.
- A piece of showy ornamentation.
transitive verbfur·be·lowed, fur·be·low·ing, fur·be·lows
To decorate with a ruffle or flounce.
Origin of furbelowProbably alteration of Provençal farbello, farbella fringe perhaps alteration of Italian faldella pleat diminutive of falda flap, loose end of Germanic origin ; see pel-2 in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present furbelows, present participle furbelowing, simple past and past participle furbelowed)