- 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”).