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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 ?
Well, I don't know that fifty is much for a dress, with all the furbelows and notions you have to have to finish it off these days.
I ain't got any patience with your flowers and frizzled-out hair and furbelows an' airs an' graces, for all the world like your Miss-Nancy father.
Their jewels, their feathers, their silks, and their furbelows, would have sunk into utter insignificance beside the exquisite simplicity of attire adopted by the nymphs of the vale on this festive occasion.
On the whole, with her poetic furbelows and her misshapen, intelligent little face, she was, when you knew her, a decidedly interesting woman.
They are cold, slim, sexless; the physique is not generous, not abundant; it is only the drapery, the skirts and furbelows (that is, I mean in the young lady who has her mother) that are abundant.
Winterbourne stood looking after her; and as she moved away, drawing her muslin furbelows over the gravel, said to himself that she had the tournure of a princess.
I can see them now, sweeping over the lawns at Melbury House, in their flounces and furbelows, so calm and stately and imperial (and the monkey and the little black dwarf following behind), as if nothing mattered in the world but to be beautiful and kind.
Those dresses are good, sensible, serviceable dresses, without any frills or furbelows about them, and they're all you'll get this summer.
Noo ye're married to her, there's her bonnets and goons and under-clothin'--her ribbons, laces, furbelows, and fallals.
If you like your Shakespeare with frills, furbelows, bells and whistles, then you might find the Broadsides' treatment a touch too Puritanical for your tastes.
During the raid, Bond finds himself immersed in a frenzy of bloodshed, accompanied by both black and white men who "cracked open heads and dipped their ribbons and rigs and furbelows in blood and plastered more blood on the gun-stocks to stick cowrie shells in to keep tally on your killing" (164).
The Old Sturbridge Village dancers will present a Washington Birthday Ball on Sunday, while beforehand OSV historians will discuss 19th-century hairdressing techniques (including bear grease and sausage curls) in "Her Crowning Glory"; etiquette for the ball in "Please Take Hands"; and 1830s must-have accessories in "Frills and Furbelows.