Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary
1

fur

play
verb \ˈfər\

Definition of fur

furred

furring

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to cover, line, trim, or clothe with fur

  3. 2 :  to coat or clog as if with fur

  4. 3 :  to apply furring to

  5. intransitive verb
  6. :  to become coated or clogged as if with fur



Origin and Etymology of fur

Middle English furren, from Anglo-French furrer to stuff, fill, line, from fuerre sheath, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German fuotar sheath; akin to Greek pōma lid, cover, Sanskrit pāti he protects


First Known Use: 14th century


2

fur

noun, often attributive

Simple Definition of fur

  • : the hairy coat of an animal especially when it is soft and thick

  • : the fur of an animal used for clothing

  • : a piece of clothing (such as a coat) made with fur

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of fur

  1. 1 :  a piece of the dressed pelt of an animal used to make, trim, or line wearing apparel

  2. 2 :  an article of clothing made of or with fur

  3. 3 :  the hairy coat of a mammal especially when fine, soft, and thick; also :  such a coat with the skin

  4. 4 :  a coating resembling fur: as a :  a coat of epithelial debris on the tongue b :  the thick pile of a fabric (as chenille)

furless

play \ˈfər-ləs\ adjective

Examples of fur in a sentence

  1. The cat has black-and-white fur.

  2. The rabbit's fur is soft.

  3. Her gloves are lined with fur.

  4. He made his fortune trading furs in the 17th century.

  5. Her new fur is a full-length mink coat.

  6. a teddy bear with soft fur



14th Century

First Known Use of fur

14th century


3

fur

abbreviation

Definition of fur

  1. furlong





FUR Defined for Kids

fur

play
noun \ˈfər\

Definition of fur for Students

  1. 1 :  the hairy coat of a mammal especially when fine, soft, and thick

  2. 2 :  a piece of the pelt of an animal

  3. 3 :  an article of clothing made with fur

furred

\ˈfərd\ adjective


History for fur

Though we think of fur as part of the animal that wears it, the history of the word fur begins with clothing rather than animals. Middle English furre, “fur trim or lining for a garment,” was shortened from the synonymous word furour, or else derived from a verb furren, “to trim or line (a garment) with animal skin.” This verb was borrowed from medieval French fourrer, with the identical meaning. Fourrer is a derivative of fuerre, meaning “sheath, wrapper,” since lining a garment provides a sort of warm wrapper for its wearer.


Medical Dictionary

fur

play
noun , often attributive \ˈfər\

Medical Definition of fur

  1. 1:  the hairy coat of a mammal especially when fine, soft, and thick

  2. 2:  a coat of epithelial debris on the tongue




Learn More about fur


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up fur? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

to criticize in a loud and angry way

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

confounded-person

Which is a synonym of indolent?

lazy frenetic philistine melancholy
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ