Definition of furbish in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈfərbiSH/


[with object] (usually as adjective furbished)
1Give a fresh look to (something old or shabby); renovate: the newly furbished church
More example sentences
  • But recently the problem was settled - a newly furbished vegetarian restaurant in the neighbourhood was so attractive to these office ladies that ‘for at least three of our five working days, we dine there,’ Yan said.
  • A survey conducted by Beijing Children's Hospital found that 90 per cent of the children suffering from childhood leukemia in China were from houses which had been newly furbished.
  • On Saturday, we (and umpteen other gay men) met at Andy's newly furbished house around the corner from The Royal Oak for a joint house-warming and birthday party.
1.1 archaic Brighten up (a weapon) by polishing it.



Example sentences
  • So, for example, the six furbishers have become the Collection Care Section, dealing with a wide range of preventive conservation and maintenance including cleaning, immediate repairs and box making.
  • One of the problems which faces the furbishers at Corpus Christi is the amount of previously applied British Museum Leather Dressing.
  • The blades were made by the bladesmith, and the scabbards or sheaths by the sheathers, whilst the skills of other trades such as the gilders and furbishers and grinders would be used to produce the finished article.


Late Middle English: from Old French forbiss-, lengthened stem of forbir, of Germanic origin.

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Syllabification: fur·bish

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