furbelow

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

Corruption of falbala. First attested in the late 1600s or early 1700s. Not related to fur.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈfəː.bɪ.ləʊ/, /ˈfəː.bə.ləʊ/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈfɚ.bɪ.loʊ/, /ˈfɚ.bə.loʊ/
  • (file)

Noun[edit]

furbelow (plural furbelows)

  1. A ruffle, frill or flounce on clothing.
  2. A decorative piece of fabric, usually gathered or pleated.
  3. A small, showy ornamentation.
    • 1954, Alexander Alderson, chapter 4, The Subtle Minotaur[1]:
      The band played ceaselessly. Even when the other instruments were resting the pianist kept up his monotonous vamping, with a dreary furbelow for embellishment here and there, to which some few of the dancers continued to shuffle round the floor.

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Verb[edit]

furbelow (third-person singular simple present furbelows, present participle furbelowing, simple past and past participle furbelowed)

  1. (transitive) To adorn with a furbelow; to ornament.

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