fourbir

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle French fourbir, from Old French forbir, from Frankish *furbijan, from Proto-Germanic *furbijaną (to clean, scour), from Proto-Indo-European *prep- (to appear). Cognate with Middle High German vurben, vürben (to clean, cleanse, sweep), Old English feormian (to clean, scour, furbish).

Pronunciation[edit]

Verb[edit]

fourbir

  1. (transitive) to furbish, burnish

Conjugation[edit]

This is a regular verb of the second conjugation, like finir, choisir, and most other verbs with infinitives ending in -ir. One salient feature of this conjugation is the repeated appearance of the infix -iss-.

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