fu·​ri·​ous | \ ˈfyu̇r-ē-əs How to pronounce furious (audio) \

Definition of furious

1a(1) : exhibiting or goaded by anger She was furious with them for printing the story.
(2) : indicative of or proceeding from anger
b : giving a stormy or turbulent appearance furious bursts of flame
c : marked by noise, excitement, activity, or rapidity worked at a furious pace
2 : intense sense 1a the furious growth of tropical vegetation

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Other Words from furious

furiously adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for furious


delirious, ferocious, feverish, fierce, frantic, frenetic, frenzied, mad, rabid, violent, wild



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Examples of furious in a Sentence

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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The steelhead trout streams around Northeast Ohio are running fast and furious this week, and more rain is in the forecast. cleveland.com, "Fishing Report for March 9: Rivers finally in shape, trout cooperating," 9 Mar. 2018 The defections come during a furious pace of hiring at PIF, which has quadrupled its staff to over 400 since Prince Mohammed in 2016 tasked the fund with diversifying Saudi Arabia’s economy as part of a wider reform program. Rory Jones, WSJ, "Expats Flee Saudi Fund, Bemoan Crown Prince Control," 31 Dec. 2018 Management, a consortium of construction companies from around the country known as Six Companies, rejected employee demand for better working conditions and kept construction at a furious pace. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "The Hoover Dam Changed America—And It Might Do It Again," 27 July 2018 But the furious scoring pace didn’t last, as the game petered out. Victor Mather, New York Times, "Shootout Sunday: Croatia Follows Russia’s Lead and Wins on Penalty Kicks," 3 July 2018 Agents say the furious pace of activity in the under-$300,000 price range has led to many houses with multiple offers, frequently with a higher-than-asking price. Paul Gores, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Millennials, baby boomers are in the market for the same homes," 25 June 2018 Freshman Height: 6-2 • Weight: 177 Is anyone surprised that Young wasn’t able to maintain his furious scoring pace for an entire season? Michael Singer, USA TODAY, "2018 NBA mock draft 3.0: Michael Porter Jr. vaults up board; Cavs nab Trae Young," 15 June 2018 By November, the pair was still adding material to the nest at a furious pace. Red Huber, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Video: Owls boot eagles out of their rebuilt nest," 27 Feb. 2018 But her fellow Instant Save competitors, SandyRedd and Tyke James, were sent home, and fans of the reality singing series are furious. Eileen Reslen, Country Living, "'The Voice' Eliminations Left Fans Shocked and Angrier Than Ever," 21 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of furious

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

History and Etymology for furious

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

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English Language Learners Definition of furious

: very angry
: very powerful or violent
: very active or fast


fu·​ri·​ous | \ ˈfyu̇r-ē-əs How to pronounce furious (audio) \

Kids Definition of furious

1 : very angry
2 : very active or fast a furious pace
3 : very powerful or violent a furious storm

Other Words from furious

furiously adverb

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of or relating to a parable or parabola

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