- Now Rare to brighten by rubbing or scouring; polish; burnish
- to make usable or attractive again; refurbish: usually with up
Origin of furbishMiddle English furbishen ; from extended stem of Old French forbir ; from West Germanic an unverified form furbjan, to clean from source Middle High German vürben
transitive verbfur·bished, fur·bish·ing, fur·bish·es
- To brighten by cleaning or rubbing; polish.
- To restore to attractive or serviceable condition; renovate.
Origin of furbishMiddle English furbishen, from Old French fourbir, fourbiss-, from Frankish *furbjan.
(third-person singular simple present furbishes, present participle furbishing, simple past and past participle furbished)
From Middle English furbishen, from Old French furbir (stem furbiss-, “to clean, polish”), of Germanic origin, from Frankish furbjan (“to clean, polish”), from Proto-Germanic *furbijaną (“to clean”), from Proto-Indo-European *prep- (“to appear”). Cognate with Old High German furben (“to clean, cleanse, purge, sweep”).