- a hole or tunnel in the ground made by a rabbit, fox, or similar animal for habitation and refuge.
- a place of retreat; shelter or refuge.
verb (used without object)
- to make a hole or passage in, into, or under something.
- to lodge in a burrow.
- to hide.
- to proceed by or as if by digging.
verb (used with object)
- to put a burrow into (a hill, mountainside, etc.).
- to hide (oneself), as in a burrow.
- to make by or as if by burrowing: We burrowed our way through the crowd.
- a hole or tunnel dug in the ground by a rabbit, fox, or other small animal, for habitation or shelter
- a small snug place affording shelter or retreat
- to dig (a burrow) in, through, or under (ground)
- (intr often foll by through) to move through by or as by diggingto burrow through the forest
- (intr) to hide or live in a burrow
- (intr) to delve deeplyhe burrowed into his pockets
- to hide (oneself)
“rabbit-hole, fox-hole, etc.,” c.1300, borewe, from Old English burgh “stronghold, fortress” (see ); influenced by bergh “hill,” and berwen “to defend, take refuge.”
c.1600, “to place in a burrow, from burrow (one’s) head) by 1862. Intransitive sense, “to bore one’s way into, penetrate” is from 1610s, originally figurative (literal sense, of animals, attested by 1771). Related: Burrowed; borrowing.(n.). Figuratively (e.g. to