Furbelow meaning

fûrbə-lō
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A piece of showy ornamentation.
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To decorate with a ruffle or flounce.
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A flounce or ruffle.
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A showy, useless decoration or elaboration.
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To decorate with or as with furbelows.
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A decorative piece of fabric, usually gathered or pleated.
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To adorn with a furbelow; to ornament.
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A ruffle or flounce on a garment.
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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

  • Corruption of falbala. First attested in the late 1600s or early 1700s. Not related to fur.

    From Wiktionary