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

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Other Words from fur

Noun

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

The dog was thin and weak, dirty, had matted fur and was missing hair on more than half of its body. oregonlive.com, "Oregon Humane Society offering $500 reward for information on abandoned Pomeranian," 7 July 2019 In the early 1800s, Russian fur traders harvested blubber from elephant seals and pelts from sea lions. Laura Newberry, latimes.com, "The U.S. wants to dump 1.5 tons of rat poison on the Farallon Islands. Biologists say it’s for the best," 7 July 2019 Some used large fur bags as clutches, while others carried dainty leather pouches on long chains. Washington Post, "Fendi stages ethereal tribute to Lagerfeld in ancient Rome," 4 July 2019 Kids love to pet animals and new research finds a danger lurking among all that cute fur. Sonja Haller, USA TODAY, "New data shows petting zoos crawl with superbugs, potentially putting more kids at risk," 2 July 2019 Undercover investigations have shown us the truth behind the fur industry, where suffering on a massive scale is inevitable. Letters To The Editor, The Mercury News, "Letter: With anti-cruelty bill California can be a leader in compassion," 2 July 2019 Platte River Fort Event Center is a replica of the iconic Bent’s Old Fort National Historic Monument, itself a reconstructed 1840s fur trading post outside La Junta. Joshua Berman, The Know, "Colorado’s newest campground offers glamping an hour from Denver," 29 June 2019 Each tiny black and white fur ball was killed after making frantic efforts to dodge oncoming cars. Sainted & Tainted Writers, Twin Cities, "Tainted: You dropped kittens out of a car window on the highway. What kind of person does that?," 29 June 2019 Animal fur will be filled with them, as will socks and other clothing. Neil Sperry, ExpressNews.com, "Prepare for beggar’s lice doom," 28 June 2019

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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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The first known use of fur was in the 14th century

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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 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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