: suburb
usually used in plural

Examples of burb in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web As is well-documented, the pandemic prompted more Americans to fall out of love with cities, with the ‘burbs enjoying the latest of their many revivals, Pew Research Center found. Nick Lichtenberg, Fortune, 30 July 2023 Loving it in the northern burbs with very little AC use so far! Molly Robey, Washington Post, 11 June 2023 Wags used to say that out in the ’burbs, names memorialized the things construction had displaced, so the Oaks at Fox Chase was a place that had no oaks and no foxes. John Kelly, Washington Post, 10 May 2023 My eye-opening foodie road trip through the 'burbs Sneak peek: From Covalt Station to Fifty West to Little Miami Brewing ... Is dining in the suburbs getting better than ever? Rasputin Todd, The Enquirer, 7 Mar. 2023 The Idaho burb was the No. 1 metro area in the most recent ranking. Chris Morris, Fortune, 27 Apr. 2021 The urban suit crowd can carry their bike from the ‘burbs by commuter train, then unfold and ride the last few miles to the office, refolding in a flash for the elevator. Christine Frietchen, Condé Nast Traveler, 28 May 2020 Bradley Cooper in Silver Linings Playbook, pounding around the burbs with a garbage bag sort of medievally layered over his hoodie, is jogging. James Parker, The Atlantic, 9 May 2020 People coming out of college who don’t want to go back to the burbs. John Benson, cleveland, 4 Nov. 2019 See More

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Word History


by shortening

First Known Use

1971, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of burb was in 1971

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“Burb.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/burb. Accessed 30 Nov. 2023.

Kids Definition


: suburb sense 2
usually used in plural
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