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  • v. Simple past tense and past participle of furbelow.

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Examples

  • 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.

    Barnaby Rudge

  • Old Jolyon was left with the doll, a furbelowed affair in wax — which is indeed more inviting to chastisement than china — whose round blue eyes expressed nothing but indifference.

    On Forsyte 'Change

  • Though a _réligieuse_, she wore crinoline and large paniers, and, was elegantly furbelowed.

    The False Chevalier or, The Lifeguard of Marie Antoinette

  • He had seen women of sixty, rouged, and jewelled, and furbelowed, foot it deftly in the halls of the Faubourg St. Germain in his earliest youth; and this cheery, healthy woman, with lingering blooms on either cheek, and uncapped head of curly black hair but slightly strewn with silver, seemed quite as fit a subject for the accomplishment.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 08, No. 46, August, 1861

  • A set of clouds after the French mode, streaked with lightning, and furbelowed.

    The Tatler, Volume 1, 1899

  • She calls her chariot, 'vehicle'; her furbelowed scarf, 'pinions': her blue mant and petticoat is her 'azure dress'; and her footman goes by the name of Oberon.

    The Tatler, Volume 1, 1899

  • He thought of Nora Costello; but he could not bring himself to ask her to share the narrow limits of her one room with this be-furbelowed young person, and then it would involve so many awkward explanations.

    Flint His Faults, His Friendships and His Fortunes

  • She was flounced and furbelowed from head to foot; every ribbon was wrinkled, and every part of her garments in curl, so that she looked like one of those animals which in the country we call a _Friezland_ hen.

    The Coverley Papers

  • With a 'yer furbelowed claithes and jewelled watch and trinkets, ye dinna ken much aboot the gospel.

    Adèle Dubois A Story of the Lovely Miramichi Valley in New Brunswick

  • He wore, it is true, a new and jaunty hunting-shirt of dressed deer-skin, as yellow as gold, and fringed and furbelowed with shreds of the same substance, dyed as red as blood-root could make them; but was otherwise, to the view, a plain yeoman, endowed with those gifts of mind only which were necessary to his station, but with the virtues which are alike common to forest and city.

    Nick of the Woods

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  • 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.

    August 23, 2018