A piece of showy ornamentation.
To decorate with a ruffle or flounce.
A flounce or ruffle.
A showy, useless decoration or elaboration.
To decorate with or as with furbelows.
A ruffle or flounce on a garment.
Other Word Forms
Origin of furbelow
- Probably alteration of Provençal farbello, farbella fringe perhaps alteration of Italian faldella pleat diminutive of falda flap, loose end of Germanic origin pel-2 in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition