To borrow trouble, to be needlessly troubled; to be overapprehensive.

(Bor"row), n.

1. Something deposited as security; a pledge; a surety; a hostage. [Obs.]

Ye may retain as borrows my two priests.
Sir W. Scott.

2. The act of borrowing. [Obs.]

Of your royal presence I'll adventure
The borrow of a week.

(Bor"row*er) n. One who borrows.

Neither a borrower nor a lender be.

(Bors"hold`er) n. [OE. borsolder; prob. fr. AS. borg, gen. borges, pledge + ealdor elder. See Borrow, and Elder, a.] (Eng. Law) The head or chief of a tithing, or borough (see 2d Borough); the headborough; a parish constable. Spelman.

(Bor"rage) n., Borraginaceous
(Bor*rag`i*na"ceous) a., etc. See Borage, n., etc.

(Bor"rel) n. [OF. burel a kind of coarse woolen cloth, fr. F. bure drugget. See Bureau. Rustic and common people dressed in this cloth, which was prob. so called from its color.]

1. Coarse woolen cloth; hence, coarse clothing; a garment. [Obs.] Chaucer.

2. A kind of light stuff, of silk and wool.

(Bor"rel), a. [Prob. from Borrel, n.] Ignorant, unlearned; belonging to the laity. [Obs.] Chaucer.

(Bor"row) v. t. [imp. & p. p. Borrowed ; p. pr. & vb. n. Borrowing.] [OE. borwen, AS. borgian, fr. borg, borh, pledge; akin to D. borg, G. borg; prob. fr. root of AS. beorgan to protect. 95. See 1st Borough.]

1. To receive from another as a loan, with the implied or expressed intention of returning the identical article or its equivalent in kind; — the opposite of lend.

2. (Arith.) To take (one or more) from the next higher denomination in order to add it to the next lower; — a term of subtraction when the figure of the subtrahend is larger than the corresponding one of the minuend.

3. To copy or imitate; to adopt; as, to borrow the style, manner, or opinions of another.

Rites borrowed from the ancients.

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.

4. To feign or counterfeit. "Borrowed hair." Spenser.

The borrowed majesty of England.

5. To receive; to take; to derive.

Any drop thou borrowedst from thy mother.

  By PanEris using Melati.

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