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 slide in its sovereign long-term bond yields – a measure of investor confidence – has been fast and furious. Washington Post, "Trump Panics, Rushes Into Xi’s Arms," 18 Sep. 2019 If that wasn’t bad enough, the shots fired at Williams from the Browns locker room have been fast and furious. Mary Kay Cabot, cleveland.com, "Baker Mayfield will try to rebound against provoked Jets’ coordinator Gregg Williams," 16 Sep. 2019 And the second thing is ... WATTERS: That was the fast and furious - that botched gun running operation. Fox News, "Watters' Words: A tale of two tours," 15 July 2018 So in a world of fast and furious, how can these four people, plus our listener Marilyn, feel safe and content? Savvy Psychologist Ellen Hendriksen, Scientific American, "How to Conquer Your Fear of Driving," 4 Sep. 2019 The sprint race that afternoon was a fast and furious competition, which involved staying on your feet during a downpour on slippery roads. Beth Bragg, Anchorage Daily News, "Maubet Bjornsen, sporting new name, grabs rollerski victory in Norway," 28 Aug. 2019 Wit a very busy August schedule awaiting Pasadena High School’s varsity volleyball team, a schedule that begins with scrimmages on Saturday and concludes with the first District 22-6A match, the work will be fast and furious. Robert Avery, Houston Chronicle, "Lady Eagles welcome new volleyball campaign with scrimmages Saturday, Monday," 31 July 2019 With the ability to make August trades no longer available -- July 31 is the hard and fast deadline as of this season -- will the action be fast and furious through the end of the month? Todd Rosiak, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Pirates 6, Brewers 5: Stumbling into the break," 7 July 2019 During their active phases, cinder-cone volcanoes live fast and furious. Mare Czinar, azcentral, "This peaceful Flagstaff hike belies its explosive origins," 27 June 2019

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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

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furiously adverb

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