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Related to furbelowed: flounced, flouncy

fur·be·low

 (fûr′bə-lō′)
n.
1. A ruffle or flounce on a garment.
2. A piece of showy ornamentation.
tr.v. fur·be·lowed, fur·be·low·ing, fur·be·lows
To decorate with a ruffle or flounce.

[Probably alteration of Provençal farbello, farbella, fringe, perhaps alteration of Italian faldella, pleat, diminutive of falda, flap, loose end, of Germanic origin; see pel- in Indo-European roots.]

furbelow

(ˈfɜːbɪˌləʊ)
n
1. (Clothing & Fashion) a flounce, ruffle, or other ornamental trim
2. (often plural) showy ornamentation
vb
(tr) to put a furbelow on (a garment)
[C18: by folk etymology from French dialect farbella; see falbala]

fur•be•low

(ˈfɜr bəˌloʊ)

n.
1. a ruffle or flounce.
2. any bit of showy trimming or finery.
v.t.
3. to ornament with or as if with furbelows.
[1670–80; alter. of falbala < French]

furbelow


Past participle: furbelowed
Gerund: furbelowing

Imperative
furbelow
furbelow
Present
I furbelow
you furbelow
he/she/it furbelows
we furbelow
you furbelow
they furbelow
Preterite
I furbelowed
you furbelowed
he/she/it furbelowed
we furbelowed
you furbelowed
they furbelowed
Present Continuous
I am furbelowing
you are furbelowing
he/she/it is furbelowing
we are furbelowing
you are furbelowing
they are furbelowing
Present Perfect
I have furbelowed
you have furbelowed
he/she/it has furbelowed
we have furbelowed
you have furbelowed
they have furbelowed
Past Continuous
I was furbelowing
you were furbelowing
he/she/it was furbelowing
we were furbelowing
you were furbelowing
they were furbelowing
Past Perfect
I had furbelowed
you had furbelowed
he/she/it had furbelowed
we had furbelowed
you had furbelowed
they had furbelowed
Future
I will furbelow
you will furbelow
he/she/it will furbelow
we will furbelow
you will furbelow
they will furbelow
Future Perfect
I will have furbelowed
you will have furbelowed
he/she/it will have furbelowed
we will have furbelowed
you will have furbelowed
they will have furbelowed
Future Continuous
I will be furbelowing
you will be furbelowing
he/she/it will be furbelowing
we will be furbelowing
you will be furbelowing
they will be furbelowing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been furbelowing
you have been furbelowing
he/she/it has been furbelowing
we have been furbelowing
you have been furbelowing
they have been furbelowing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been furbelowing
you will have been furbelowing
he/she/it will have been furbelowing
we will have been furbelowing
you will have been furbelowing
they will have been furbelowing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been furbelowing
you had been furbelowing
he/she/it had been furbelowing
we had been furbelowing
you had been furbelowing
they had been furbelowing
Conditional
I would furbelow
you would furbelow
he/she/it would furbelow
we would furbelow
you would furbelow
they would furbelow
Past Conditional
I would have furbelowed
you would have furbelowed
he/she/it would have furbelowed
we would have furbelowed
you would have furbelowed
they would have furbelowed
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.furbelow - a strip of pleated material used as a decoration or a trimfurbelow - a strip of pleated material used as a decoration or a trim
adornment - a decoration of color or interest that is added to relieve plainness
gauffer, goffer - an ornamental frill made by pressing pleats
jabot - a ruffle on the front of a woman's blouse or a man's shirt
peplum - a flared ruffle attached to the waistline of a dress or jacket or blouse
Translations

furbelow

n
(old)Falbel f, → Faltenbesatz m
usu pl furbelows (pej)Firlefanz m
References in classic literature ?
Many a private chair, too, inclosing some fine lady, monstrously hooped and furbelowed, and preceded by running-footmen bearing flambeaux--for which extinguishers are yet suspended before the doors of a few houses of the better sort--made the way gay and light as it danced along, and darker and more dismal when it had passed.
in a stained, faded ledger still to be seen in a glass display-case at the Historical Society, the widow had kept careful account in a neat, furbelowed hand of the amount of flour and salted cod, cornmeal and candles .