Borrow vs Burrow - What's the difference?

borrow | burrow |


As a proper noun borrow

is .

As a noun burrow is

a tunnel or hole, often as dug by a small creature.

As a verb burrow is

to dig a tunnel or hole.

borrow

English

Etymology 1

From (etyl) borwen, .

Alternative forms

* boro (Jamaican English)

Verb

(en verb)
  • To receive (something) from somebody temporarily, expecting to return it.
  • * {{quote-magazine, date=2013-06-01, volume=407, issue=8838, page=71, magazine=(The Economist)
  • , title= End of the peer show , passage=Finance is seldom romantic. But the idea of peer-to-peer lending comes close. This is an industry that brings together individual savers and lenders on online platforms. Those that want to borrow are matched with those that want to lend.}}
  • To adopt (an idea) as one's own.
  • to borrow the style, manner, or opinions of another
  • * Macaulay
  • rites borrowed from the ancients
  • * Milton
  • It is not hard for any man, who hath a Bible in his hands, to borrow good words and holy sayings in abundance; but to make them his own is a work of grace only from above.
  • (linguistics) To adopt a word from another language.
  • (arithmetic) In a subtraction, to deduct (one) from a digit of the minuend and add ten to the following digit, in order that the subtraction of a larger digit in the subtrahend from the digit in the minuend to which ten is added gives a positive result.
  • (proscribed) To lend.
  • * {{quote-book, year=1951, year_published=1998, publisher=University of Wisconsin Press
  • , editor=James P. Leary, author=The Grenadiers, section=Milwaukee Talk, isbn=9780299160340, page=56 , title= Wisconsin Folklore , passage=“Rosie, borrow me your look looker, I bet my lips are all. Everytime I eat or drink, so quick I gotta fix ’em, yet.”}}
  • * {{quote-book, year=2005, publisher=Trafford Publishing, author=Gladys Blyth
  • , title= Summer at the Cannery , isbn=9781412025362, page=83 , passage=“Ryan, borrow me your lunch pail so we can fill it with blueberries. Susie can make us a pie.”}}
  • * {{quote-book, year=2006, publisher=Andres Rueda, author=Andrés Rueda, section=Chapter 13
  • , title= The Clawback , isbn=9781419647680, page=131 , passage=Georgi reached for his empty pockets. “Can you borrow me your telephone?”}}
  • * {{quote-book, year=2007, publisher=Lulu.com, author=Silvia Cecchini
  • , title= Bach Flowers Fairytales , isbn=9781847533203, page=7 , passage=“Gaia, could you borrow me your pencils ,(SIC) today, if you do not use them?”}}
  • To temporarily obtain (something) for (someone).
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  • To feign or counterfeit.
  • * Spenser
  • borrowed hair
  • * Shakespeare
  • the borrowed majesty of England
    Synonyms
    * (adopt) adopt, use
    Antonyms
    * (receive temporarily) give back (exchanging the transfer of ownership), lend (exchanging the owners), return (exchanging the transfer of ownership) * (in arithmetic) carry (the equivalent reverse procedure in the inverse operation of addition)
    Derived terms
    * borrowed time * borrower

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • (golf) Deviation of the path of a rolling ball from a straight line; slope; slant.
  • This putt has a big left-to right borrow on it.

    Etymology 2

    From (etyl) borg, from (etyl) (related to Etymology 1, above).

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • (archaic) A ransom; a pledge or guarantee.
  • (archaic) A surety; someone standing bail.
  • * 1819 , Walter Scott, Ivanhoe :
  • ”where am I to find such a sum? If I sell the very pyx and candlesticks on the altar at Jorvaulx, I shall scarce raise the half; and it will be necessary for that purpose that I go to Jorvaulx myself; ye may retain as borrows my two priests.”
    1000 English basic words

    burrow

    English

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • A tunnel or hole, often as dug by a small creature.
  • * 1922 , (Margery Williams), (The Velveteen Rabbit)
  • But very soon he grew to like it, for the Boy used to talk to him, and made nice tunnels' for him under the bedclothes that he said were like the ' burrows the real rabbits lived in.
  • (mining) A heap or heaps of rubbish or refuse.
  • A mound.
  • An incorporated town.
  • (Webster 1913)

    Verb

    (en verb)
  • To dig a tunnel or hole.