furbish

verb

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

transitive verb

1
: to make lustrous : polish
2
: to give a new look to : renovate
often used with up
furbisher noun

Example Sentences

the warrior furbished his sword and shield so that they glinted in the sunlight
Recent Examples on the Web One item on HC3’s to-do list is re-furbishing the old Hammond Library branch on Martha Street — a 2,000-square-feet structure that needs extensive repairs. Sue Ellen Ross, Post-Tribune, 4 June 2018

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Word History

Etymology

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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Cite this Entry

“Furbish.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/furbish. Accessed 25 Mar. 2023.

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