fur

verb
\ˈfər \
furred; furring

Definition of fur 

(Entry 1 of 3)

transitive verb

1 : to cover, line, trim, or clothe with fur

2 : to coat or clog as if with fur

3 : to apply furring to

intransitive verb

: to become coated or clogged as if with fur

fur

noun, often attributive

Definition of fur (Entry 2 of 3)

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

2 : an article of clothing made of or with fur

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

4 : a coating resembling fur: such as

a : a coat of epithelial debris on the tongue

b : the thick pile of a fabric (such as chenille)

Definition of fur (Entry 3 of 3)

furlong

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Other Words from fur

Noun

furless \ˈfər-​ləs \ adjective

Synonyms for fur

Synonyms: Noun

coat, fleece, hair, jacket, pelage, pile, wool

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Did You Know?

When the word fur first came into English, it was a verb that meant “to line a person’s garment with the soft hair of an animal.” The noun developed from the verb. First, the noun referred to the animal hair that was used for lining and trimming a garment. Then it came to refer to the hairy coat on the animal itself. The verb, not much used anymore, was taken from the early French verb furrer, meaning “to stuff, fill, line.” It was formed from an earlier French word meaning “a sheath.” Thus our word fur for the hairy coat that covers or encases an animal traces back to a word for a sheath that encases a knife or sword.

Examples of fur in a Sentence

Noun

The cat has black-and-white fur. The rabbit's fur is soft. Her gloves are lined with fur. He made his fortune trading furs in the 17th century. Her new fur is a full-length mink coat. a teddy bear with soft fur
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Even a few hours in a fruit bowl on a summer afternoon is enough to fur them with mold, after which emergency measures may or may not help. 3. New York Times, "The Best Fruits of Summer, Ranked," 22 May 2018 One vendor sold from racks of authentic furs while another offered a fur tissue box covers and fur hot water bottles. Beth Spotswood, San Francisco Chronicle, "Edgewood Auxiliary puts on a high-end fundraiser for Bay Area kids," 1 May 2018 His usual hot-spot area is fully furred and not itchy. Wes Siler, Outside Online, "So You Want to Get Your Dog on a Raw-Foot Diet," 24 Apr. 2018 But full lips and furred brows aside, her influence on fashion is debatable. Ruth La Ferla, New York Times, "Nothing Comes Between Brooke Shields and Her New Line for QVC," 14 Mar. 2018 And now with fellow early adopters like Naomi Campbell joining in, Rihanna has helped to create a more general desire for footwear that is fringed, furred, and feathered. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Rihanna Loves Her Yeti Boots—And You Can Too," 26 Oct. 2017 There’s pathos in Newt’s mission to save these furred and feathered beings, an honorable calling that serves as a bewitched if overly tidy and cute vision of our own better natures. Manohla Dargis, New York Times, "Eddie Redmayne’s Guide to ‘Fantastic Beasts’ SEPT. 12, 2016," 17 Nov. 2016

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Pippa attended the service in a burgundy coat with a fur collar by French Connection, which (like her royal sister often does) was a re-wear from the same service in 2015. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Pippa Middleton, Meghan Markle, and Their Husbands Attended a Carol Service for Harry's Late Friend," 5 Dec. 2018 From parakeets to horses, pretty much every animal with feathers or fur has dander, Alice Hoyt, M.D., an allergist in the allergy and clinical immunology department at Cleveland Clinic, tells SELF. Colleen Stinchcombe, SELF, "Here Are 9 Ways to Deal With a Pet Allergy If You Love Animals," 30 Nov. 2018 Think: being dressed fur in a snow covered landscape in December vs walking barefoot along the sand in August. Charlotte Chilton, Town & Country, "The Best and Worst Wedding Dates for 2019," 29 Nov. 2018 Keeping Your Dog Warm in Cold Weather Despite having fur all over, dogs and cats do get cold. Robin Tribble, Popular Mechanics, "How to Make Sure Your Pets Have a Happy Holiday Too," 12 Nov. 2018 Think spotted cowhide chairs in the lounge, fur throws at the edge of knotty wooden king-sized beds, and yurts decked out with antler chandeliers and leather couches. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Resorts in the U.S.: 2018 Readers' Choice Awards," 9 Oct. 2018 Cut triangles from faux craft fur and sew or hot-glue sparkly silver fabric to the front. Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, "How to Make a Purr-fect Cat Costume for Halloween," 1 Aug. 2018 The Dutch came to New Amsterdam in the early 1600s to trade fur, tolerating all religions. John Steele Gordon, WSJ, "A Short History of American Immigration," 20 Nov. 2018 Many of us have vowed to stop wearing fur, and others are phasing out all animal fibers (i.e. cashmere, silk, and wool), a concept boosted by Rooney Mara’s label, Hiraeth. Emily Farra, Vogue, "Is Faux Leather Even Better Than the Real Thing? These 3 Designers Say Yes," 8 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of fur

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for fur

Verb

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

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fur

noun

English Language Learners 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

fur

noun
\ˈfər \

Kids Definition of fur

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

2 : a piece of the pelt of an animal

3 : an article of clothing made with fur

Other Words from fur

furred \ˈfərd \ adjective

fur

noun, often attributive
\ˈfər \

Medical Definition of fur 

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

2 : a coat of epithelial debris on the tongue

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