Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A hole or tunnel dug in the ground by a small animal, such as a rabbit or mole, for habitation or refuge.
  • noun A narrow or snug place.
  • intransitive verb To dig a hole or tunnel for habitation or refuge.
  • intransitive verb To live or hide in such a place.
  • intransitive verb To move or progress by or as if by digging or tunneling.
  • intransitive verb To make by or as if by tunneling.
  • intransitive verb To dig a hole or tunnel in or through.
  • intransitive verb Archaic To hide in or as if in a burrow.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun An obsolete spelling of borough.
  • noun A barrow; a mound. Sir T. Browne. See barrow.
  • noun In mining, the heap of refuse rock at the mouth of a shaft, or entrance of an adit-level or tunnel.
  • noun A hole in the ground excavated by an animal, as a rabbit or a marmot, as a refuge and habitation.
  • noun [Perhaps in ref. to the usually circular shape of mounds; cf. the equiv. Sc. brough, otherwise referred to burrow = borough = brough, q. v. In mod. English dial. abbr. burr.] A circle. Compare bur, burr, 2.
  • To make a hole or burrow to lodge in, as in the earth; work a way into or under something.
  • To lodge in a burrow; in a more general sense, to lodge in any deep or concealed place; hide.
  • To perforate with a burrow or as with burrows.
  • noun A variant of borrow.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • intransitive verb To excavate a hole to lodge in, as in the earth; to lodge in a hole excavated in the earth, as conies or rabbits.
  • intransitive verb To lodge, or take refuge, in any deep or concealed place; to hide.
  • intransitive verb (Zoöl.) a small owl of the western part of North America (Speotyto cunicularia), which lives in holes, often in company with the prairie dog.
  • noun An incorporated town. See 1st borough.
  • noun A shelter; esp. a hole in the ground made by certain animals, as rabbits, for shelter and habitation.
  • noun (Mining) A heap or heaps of rubbish or refuse.
  • noun A mound. See 3d Barrow, and Camp, n., 5.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A tunnel or hole, often as dug by a small creature.
  • verb To dig a tunnel or hole.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb move through by or as by digging
  • noun a hole made by an animal, usually for shelter

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English borow.]

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Origin Unknown. Formally, it appears to be a variant of borough, but this sense is not known in Old English burh or in any Germanic cognate languages.

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