To brighten by cleaning or rubbing; polish.
To restore to attractive or serviceable condition; renovate.
(now rare) To brighten by rubbing or scouring; polish; burnish.
To make usable or attractive again; refurbish.
Origin of furbish
- Middle English furbishen from Old French fourbir fourbiss- from Frankish furbjan
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- 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”).