fur

verb
\ ˈfər How to pronounce fur (audio) \
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

Other Words from fur

Noun

furless \ ˈfər-​ləs How to pronounce fur (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms for fur

Synonyms: Noun

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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 See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The foils can also retract, meaning that the boats aren't at risk of marine growth, which could otherwise fur them up. Julia Buckley, CNN, 28 July 2022 Perhaps some day Levi will watch one of his father’s cartoons and notice a mama bear with tender eyes and fur the color of coffee. Soudi Jiménez, Los Angeles Times, 22 June 2021 Without the companion app, FurReal is still a responsive robot who makes calm, happy noises when kids pet it on its furred back, or barks a warning when its tail is tweaked. USA TODAY, 27 Mar. 2020 Whether feathered or furred, all of these animals belong to the same political species: the bird-dogger. Samuel Ashworth, Washington Post, 24 Feb. 2020 At the pool’s edge, mosses fur the stones in newborn green, and white flowers bloom, their perfume carried lightly on the vapor cast off by the waterfall. Seija Rankin, EW.com, 22 Jan. 2020 That was my America right there: pastel greenish-brown of grass furring the rolling hills. Colin Barrett, Harper's magazine, 5 July 2019 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, 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, 1 May 2018 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Because your fur baby deserves a Christmas surprise each day in December, too! Hannah Jeon, Good Housekeeping, 23 Sep. 2022 Shiny hoodies plunged into belly-button deep cowls, wrapped in a shaggy, fur-like jackets from upcycled chiffon and lace. Colleen Barry, ajc, 23 Sep. 2022 Or go lush on a budget with an under $20 faux fur tree skirt. Angela Belt, House Beautiful, 23 Sep. 2022 It was topped it off with a white fur stole and Monroe's signature opera gloves. Nicole Briese, Peoplemag, 22 Sep. 2022 Black bears, the most common bear in North America, can have black fur, but their hair may also range from gray to cinnamon to white, depending on its location, explains the National Park Service. Liam Gravvat, USA TODAY, 20 Sep. 2022 The patchwork faux fur is simultaneously handsome, playful, and sophisticated. Mike Richard, Men's Health, 19 Sep. 2022 The gang’s on-the-go adventures take an un-fur-gettable turn when Tag, Scooch and friends welcome a new family to Pawston and show them all around town! Jacob Siegal, BGR, 18 Sep. 2022 The sidewheeler Eliza Anderson, named for the daughter of a Hudson Bay Company fur trader, launched on Nov. 27, 1858, out of Portland, Oregon. David Reamer, Anchorage Daily News, 15 May 2022 See More

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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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8 Aug 2022

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“Fur.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fur. Accessed 3 Oct. 2022.

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More Definitions for fur

fur

noun
\ ˈfər How to pronounce fur (audio) \

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 How to pronounce fur (audio) \

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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