fire·​wood ˈfī(-ə)r-ˌwu̇d How to pronounce firewood (audio)
: wood used for fuel

Examples of firewood in a Sentence

They chopped enough firewood to last the winter.
Recent Examples on the Web Inside Ventura’s Pierpont Tacos on Seaward Avenue, Joseph Kenton and Anna Tyler were taking a break from delivering firewood from Ojai on Sunday morning. Hayley Smith, Los Angeles Times, 4 Feb. 2024 The park provided firewood for the fireplace and propane for hot water, cooking, lights and a refrigerator. Sacramento Bee, 31 Jan. 2024 The building even delivers firewood to residents’ doors. Curbed, 23 Jan. 2024 Beetles are a common indoor visitor when firewood containing insects is brought indoors. Miri Talabac, Baltimore Sun, 11 Jan. 2024 Keep cozy in a room outfitted with a woodstove (firewood included), or sweat it out in the summer as cabins lack electricity. Jennifer Prince, Travel + Leisure, 8 Jan. 2024 With firewood running low, sharing a bed just makes economic sense. Scott Roxborough, The Hollywood Reporter, 29 Dec. 2023 The group was held for 52 days, during which they were tortured and beaten; some had their genitals burned with a piece of firewood, Mr. Mukiibi said in an interview. Apoorva Mandavilli Esther Ruth Mbabazi, New York Times, 19 Jan. 2024 With residents’ and migrants’ reliance on firewood for cooking, logging has cost Uganda an eighth of its tree cover since 2000. Rodney Muhumuza, The Christian Science Monitor, 16 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of firewood was in the 14th century

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“Firewood.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2024.

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fire·​wood -ˌwu̇d How to pronounce firewood (audio)
: wood cut for fuel

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