Holt vs Burrow - What's the difference?

holt | burrow |

As a proper noun holt

is an english and north-west european topographic surname for someone who lived by a small wood.

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.



Alternative forms

* hoult


(en noun)
  • A small piece of woodland or a woody hill; a copse.
  • *1600 , (Edward Fairfax), The (Jerusalem Delivered) of (w), Book X, ii:
  • *:As when a savage wolf, chas'd from the fold, / To hide his head runs to some holt or wood.
  • * (1809-1892)
  • *:She sent her voice though all the holt Before her, and the park.
  • *1896 , , (A Shropshire Lad), XXXI, line 5
  • *:[the gale] 'Twould blow like this through holt and hanger.
  • The lair of an animal, especially of an otter.
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    (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)


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