fur·​bish ˈfər-bish How to pronounce furbish (audio)
furbished; furbishing; furbishes

transitive verb

: to make lustrous : polish
: to give a new look to : renovate
often used with up
furbisher noun

Examples of furbish in a Sentence

the warrior furbished his sword and shield so that they glinted in the sunlight

Word History


Middle English furbisshen, from Anglo-French furbiss-, stem of furbir, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German furben to polish

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of furbish was in the 14th century

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“Furbish.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/furbish. Accessed 18 Jul. 2024.

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