What does burrow mean?

Definitions for burrow
ˈbɜr oʊ, ˈbʌr oʊbur·row

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. burrow, tunnelverb

    a hole made by an animal, usually for shelter

  2. burrow, tunnelverb

    move through by or as by digging

    "burrow through the forest"


  1. burrownoun

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

  2. burrowverb

    To dig a tunnel or hole.

  3. Etymology: Origin. 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.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Burrow, Berg, Burg, Burghnoun

    Etymology: derived from the Saxon burg, byrg , a city, tower, or castle. Edmund Gibson Camden.

    King of England shalt thou be proclaim’d
    In ev’ry burrow, as we pass along. William Shakespeare, Henry VI. p. iii.

    Possession of land was the original right of election among the commons; and burrows were entitled to sit, as they were possessed of certain tracts. William Temple.

    When they shall see his crest up again, and the man in blood, they will out of their burrows, like conies after rain, and revel all with him. William Shakespeare, Coriolanus.

  2. To Burrowverb

    To make holes in the ground; to mine, as conies or rabbits.

    Etymology: from the noun.

    Some strew sand among their corn, which, they say, prevents mice and rats burrowing in it; because of its falling into their ears. John Mortimer.

    Little sinuses would often form, and burrow underneath. Samuel Sharp, Surgery.


  1. Burrow

    A burrow is a hole or tunnel excavated into the ground by an animal to construct a space suitable for habitation or temporary refuge, or as a byproduct of locomotion. Burrows provide a form of shelter against predation and exposure to the elements and can be found in nearly every biome and among various biological interactions. Many different animal species are known to form burrows. These species range from small invertebrates, such as the Corophium arenarium, to very large vertebrate species such as the polar bear. Burrows can be constructed into a wide variety of substrates and can range in complexity from a simple tube a few centimeters long to a complex network of interconnecting tunnels and chambers hundreds or thousands of meters in total length; an example of the latter level of complexity, a well-developed burrow, would be a rabbit warren.


  1. burrow

    A burrow is a hole or tunnel dug into the ground by an animal for habitation or protection. It often refers to the dwelling of small mammals, insects, or birds.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Burrownoun

    an incorporated town. See 1st Borough

  2. Burrownoun

    a shelter; esp. a hole in the ground made by certain animals, as rabbits, for shelter and habitation

  3. Burrownoun

    a heap or heaps of rubbish or refuse

  4. Burrownoun

    a mound. See 3d Barrow, and Camp, n., 5

  5. Burrowverb

    to excavate a hole to lodge in, as in the earth; to lodge in a hole excavated in the earth, as conies or rabbits

  6. Burrowverb

    to lodge, or take refuge, in any deep or concealed place; to hide


  1. Burrow

    A burrow is a hole or tunnel burrowed into the ground by an animal to create a space suitable for habitation, temporary refuge, or as a byproduct of locomotion. Burrows provide a form of shelter against predation and exposure to the elements, so the burrowing way of life is quite popular among the animals. Burrows are also commonly preserved in the fossil record as a type of trace fossil.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Burrow

    bur′ō, n. a hole in the ground dug by certain animals for shelter or defence.—v.i. to make holes underground as rabbits: to dwell in a concealed place.—ns. Burr′ow-duck, the sheldrake or bergander; Burr′owing-owl, a small long-legged diurnal American owl nesting in burrows; Burr′owstown (Scot.), a town that is a burgh. [Ety. obscure; prob. a variant of Borough—A.S. beorgan, to protect.]

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Burrow is ranked #4707 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Burrow surname appeared 7,539 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 3 would have the surname Burrow.

    84% or 6,334 total occurrences were White.
    10% or 757 total occurrences were Black.
    2.2% or 170 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    2% or 157 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    1.1% or 85 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    0.4% or 36 total occurrences were Asian.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of burrow in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of burrow in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of burrow in a Sentence

  1. Neal Ziring:

    It’s very difficult for an attacker to burrow into that layer in order to gain persistence.

  2. Tom Pennington/Getty Images O’Neal:

    Lolo Jones is the greatest athlete to ever come out of LSU because Lolo Jones got it done. Joe Burrow got it done a couple of years ago, but Lolo Jones is way more athletic than Joe Burrow is.

  3. Zac Taylor:

    Yeah, I ’m not really hip enough to answer that question for you, i think the other players in the locker room, my sons, you know, they probably could describe it better than I can. I could n’t pull off, you know, the things that he wears. And that’s just, there’s no way that I ’m hip enough to do that, but Joe Burrow can do it.

  4. James Ramsey:

    I am a little long in the tooth to be dressed up like some forest elf crawling around stalking 'hogs but it is just as fun as I remembered it,' i have a good time and the farmers get rid of a pest. As you look at the soybean fields, you'll see what we call 'ice cream cones.' The point of the ice cream cone is where the groundhog's burrow is. He'll eat in a semicircle out from his burrow. Groundhogs love eating fresh soybeans coming out of the ground.

  5. Trevor Lawrence:

    We got tested, i think we passed.It will be Clemson's fourth championship game appearance in five years.Historic performance for Joe BurrowEntering College Football Playoff, LSU, Ohio State and Clemson were seen as the elite teams, with Oklahoma the only one of the four with a loss.And LSU( 14-0), earning the top spot in the College Football Playoff rankings -- and thus avoiding Ohio State and Clemson in the semifinals -- took emphatic advantage of being the No. 1 seed. LSU's 63 points is a record for a College Football Playoff semifinal game.Burrow, this year's winner of the Heisman Trophy and widely presumed the top pick in the upcoming NFL draft, is the first player in Football Bowl Subdivision history to have eight touchdowns in a bowl game.In the first half, Burrow threw for seven touchdowns, tying the record in any bowl game for passing touchdowns thrown in a game. Four of those touchdown receptions went to wide receiver Justin Jefferson, who tied the all-time single-game bowl record with that tally.

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