- furbish (v.)
- late 14c. (implied mid-13c. in surname Furbisher), from Old French forbiss-, present participle stem of forbir "to polish, burnish; mend, repair" (12c., Modern French fourbir), from a Germanic source, from Proto-Germanic *furbjan "cause to have a (good) appearance" (compare Old High German furban "to polish"), from PIE *prep- "to appear," which is perhaps identical with *kwrep- "body, appearance" (see corporeal). Related: Furbished; furbishing. The Old English cognate of the Germanic verbs, feormian (with intrusive -m-) meant "clean, rub bright, polish."
- 1. You need to furbish up your French before you go to France.
- 2. I wish to furbish up the Russian I learnt at college.
- 3. If you furbish up these old chairs, you'll have a better chance of selling them.
- 你要是把这些旧椅子擦亮, 就会更好卖些.
- 4. I wish to furbish up the French I learned at collage.
- 5. He wants to furbish up his French.