fu·​ri·​ous ˈfyu̇r-ē-əs How to pronounce furious (audio)
: exhibiting or goaded by anger
She was furious with them for printing the story.
: indicative of or proceeding from anger
: giving a stormy or turbulent appearance
furious bursts of flame
: marked by noise, excitement, activity, or rapidity
worked at a furious pace
: intense sense 1a
the furious growth of tropical vegetation
furiously adverb

Example Sentences

She's furious at how slowly the investigation is proceeding. I was furious with them for printing the story. We worked all night at a furious pace.
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Word History


Middle English, from Middle French & Latin; Middle French furieus, from Latin furiosus, from furia madness, fury

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a(1)

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

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“Furious.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/furious. Accessed 24 Mar. 2023.

Kids Definition


fu·​ri·​ous ˈfyu̇r-ē-əs How to pronounce furious (audio)
: very angry
: very active : violent
a furious storm
furiously adverb

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