Furbish meaning

fûrbĭsh
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To brighten by cleaning or rubbing; polish.
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To restore to attractive or serviceable condition; renovate.
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(now rare) To brighten by rubbing or scouring; polish; burnish.
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To make usable or attractive again; refurbish.
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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”).

    From Wiktionary