Definition of burb in English:



usually the burbs
North American
  • ‘the leafy burbs of Connecticut’
    short for suburb
    • ‘They are located out in the burbs and exurbs, you need a car to get to them: they contribute to sprawl.’
    • ‘But, since we moved out to the burbs after my show ended, he changed schools and started out as a fresh first-grader again.’
    • ‘What strange times we live in when the music of the burbs (from which most of us ‘escaped’) is surpassing our own in originality and in sheer vitality, for that matter.’
    • ‘But, an under-the-radar trend shows a quieter exodus crossing that grain, bypassing the burbs and sunny climes for more rural, less subdivided environs.’
    • ‘The yuppies in the burbs of Austin, Houston and Dallas don't have anything to worry about, and if they did, they would just sell their house for a profit.’
    • ‘Folks will be driven back to the burbs in droves.’
    • ‘It is no longer enough to move to the burbs and pretend everything is OK.’
    • ‘People out here in the burbs have a false sense of security.’
    • ‘But the biggest difference between the burbs of Chicago and Manhattan's Washington Square Park is more subtle that that.’
    • ‘We had a quick conversation about the joys of toddlerhood, and he noted that he was moving back to this neighborhood after a year in the burbs.’
    • ‘Picturesque and historic as it is, it'll never come back until you block off freeway access to the burbs, and force people downtown at gunpoint.’
    • ‘We didn't come from Philly, but we did come from the burbs.’
    • ‘And at high-tech companies where the hours at the office are too long, workers spend less than half of their time at home: That's the trade-off for living in the burbs.’
    • ‘I had anticipated a 30-minute spin around the burbs.’
    • ‘When I heard the news I grabbed the camera and ran to the burbs; got there at rush hour and snapped off a dozen shots.’
    • ‘There are advantages to living in the city, and I prefer the city to the burbs; that's why I live here instead of out in the distant fringe.’
    • ‘The decision will bring in donations from public school teachers and their unions - but could lose votes both in the burbs and the inner city.’
    • ‘Granted, it's a first-ring burb; they're usually the burbs where you find the interesting shops, because they've sunk in stature as the finer folk flee further into the fields.’
    • ‘An old blanket factory, where conditions were no doubt hot, noisy and itchy, will now be home to empty-nesters pouring into downtown from the burbs.’
    • ‘It's this kind of talk that makes people in the burbs shrug and go on with their business.’