- 1[intransitive, transitive] to make a hole or a tunnel in the ground by digging synonym dig (+ adv./prep.) Earthworms burrow deep into the soil. moles burrowing away underground burrow something + adv./prep. The rodent burrowed its way into the sand.
- 2[intransitive, transitive] to press yourself close to somebody or under something + adv./prep. He burrowed down beneath the blankets. burrow something + adv./prep. She burrowed her face into his chest.
- 3[intransitive] + adv./prep. to search for something under or among things She burrowed in the drawer for a pair of socks. He was afraid that they would burrow into his past. Word Origin Middle English: variant of borough.Extra examples Earthworms burrow deep into the subsoil. He switched off the bedside lamp and burrowed down beneath the bedclothes. Ivy had burrowed its way through the walls. Rabbits had burrowed under the fence. worms that burrow through dead wood
BrE BrE//ˈbʌrəʊ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈbɜːroʊ//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they burrow
BrE BrE//ˈbʌrəʊ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈbɜːroʊ//he / she / it burrows
BrE BrE//ˈbʌrəʊz//; NAmE NAmE//ˈbɜːroʊz//past simple burrowed
BrE BrE//ˈbʌrəʊd//; NAmE NAmE//ˈbɜːroʊd//past participle burrowed
BrE BrE//ˈbʌrəʊd//; NAmE NAmE//ˈbɜːroʊd//-ing form burrowing
BrE BrE//ˈbʌrəʊɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈbɜːroʊɪŋ//