veneer

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From German Furnier, from furnieren (to inlay, cover with a veneer), from French fournir (to furnish, accomplish), from Middle French fornir, from Old French fornir, furnir (to furnish), from Old Frankish *frumjan (to provide), from Proto-Germanic *frumjaną (to further, promote). Cognate with Old High German frumjan, frummen (to accomplish, execute, provide), Old English fremian (to promote, perform). More at furnish.

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veneer (plural veneers)

  1. A thin decorative covering of fine wood applied to coarser wood or other material.
    • 1963, Margery Allingham, “Foreword”, in The China Governess[1]:
      A very neat old woman, still in her good outdoor coat and best beehive hat, was sitting at a polished mahogany table on whose surface there were several scored scratches so deep that a triangular piece of the veneer had come cleanly away, […].
  2. An attractive appearance that covers or disguises true nature or feelings.

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veneer (third-person singular simple present veneers, present participle veneering, simple past and past participle veneered)

  1. (woodworking) To apply veneer.
    to veneer a piece of furniture with mahogany
  2. (figuratively) To disguise with apparent goodness.
    • Tennyson
      As a rogue in grain / Veneered with sanctimonious theory.

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