fur·row | \ ˈfər-(ˌ)ō , ˈfə-(ˌ)rō \

Definition of furrow 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1a : a trench in the earth made by a plow

b : plowed land : field

2 : something that resembles the track of a plow: such as

a : a marked narrow depression : groove tracing a fingernail along a furrow in the corduroy of her housecoat —Douglass Wallop

b : a deep wrinkle furrows in his brow


furrowed; furrowing; furrows

Definition of furrow (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to make furrows, grooves, wrinkles, or lines in

intransitive verb

: to make or form furrows, grooves, wrinkles, or lines

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Synonyms for furrow

Synonyms: Noun

crease, crimp, crinkle, wrinkle

Synonyms: Verb

break, plow

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Examples of furrow in a Sentence


We plowed furrows in the field. When he frowns a deep furrow forms in his brow.


His forehead furrows when he frowns. we had to furrow the field before we could plant the wheat
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

His brow is bisected by a deep furrow, and his former prettiness has weathered into something much more interesting. Paul Schrader, New York Times, "Review: ‘First Reformed’ Is an Epiphany. Ethan Hawke Is, Too.," 17 May 2018 Nick Knox, the furrow-browed drummer for the great punk band the Cramps, died Friday at 60. Randall Roberts, latimes.com, "Nick Knox, drummer on the Cramps' first four albums, dies at 60," 16 June 2018 It can be used to weed, plant, furrow and probe in the soil. Paul Cappiello, The Courier-Journal, "Forego the 'fart card' for Father's Day. Try one of these gifts instead," 15 June 2018 Image The omnivorous imagination of Alessandro Michele continues its march over the countryside, redesigning the hills and furrows of the modern wardrobe in the brand’s current magpie image. Vanessa Friedman, New York Times, "Gucci Has a Rave in a Cemetery," 31 May 2018 In that transition, the embryo forms a furrow called the primitive streak and folds inward on itself while cells mature into different lineages that will later give rise to all the organs and tissues of the body. Kelly Servick, Science | AAAS, "Elusive master organizer of human embryo growth seen for the first time," 23 May 2018 These furrows appeared only on the outer faces of mostly the upper teeth, at the front of the mouth. Gemma Tarlach, Discover Magazine, "Was Science Wrong About Being Right?," 18 May 2018 Kagel, who died in 2008, was associated with Dada-ists and the Theater of the Absurd (along with more furrow-browed postwar modernists), especially in this 1973 piece. David Patrick Stearns, Philly.com, "Bowerbird's 2-man music contraption is a hot ticket for 4 remaining Philly shows," 8 May 2018 The future of the Democracy lies in following the furrow plowed by Al. Sam Roberts, New York Times, "Trailblazers in Politics and Civil Rights," 19 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Their brows are not furrowed by the stress and expense of car ownership and dependence. Eben Weiss, Outside Online, "No, Cycling Isn't Elitist," 5 July 2018 No wonder Prine’s lived-in voice—as burred, knotted, worn and furrowed as the bark on a centuries-old live oak yet also as relaxed, casual and familiar as the shade the tree provides—naturally suited the characters and situations in his narratives. Bob Gendron, chicagotribune.com, "John Prine's Chicago Theatre show full of wit, timeless relatability," 23 Apr. 2018 Ortega furrows her brow and shakes her head as though hearing a ridiculous claim for the first time. Maureen O'connor, The Cut, "Video Shows Nanny in Murder Trial Denying Hallucinations," 12 Apr. 2018 Gianluigi Buffon, Andrea Barzagli and Giorgio Chiellini should have been furrowing their brows, gritting their teeth, clinging by their fingernails. Rory Smith, New York Times, "In Stopping Tottenham, Juventus Holds Back Time With a Smile," 7 Mar. 2018 Around halfway through Zhang’s reported soft-ball question to a Chinese official, Liang rolled her eyes in an expression of disdain, after first furrowing her eyebrows, the New York Times reported. Amy Lieu, Fox News, "Reporter's eye roll at news conference splits China into blue, red camps," 15 Mar. 2018 Seated at their computers, players furrowed their brows and clicked furiously while the action played out on two screens flanking the stage. Tristan Ettleman, azcentral, "No sweat in esports, but plenty of mental rigor, cosplay fans and money," 14 Mar. 2018 Watching Hungary’s Elizabeth Swaney drop into the halfpipe and do hardly more than an alley-oop (a 180-degree turn) during her run turned into one of the most brow-furrowing moments of these Winter Olympics. The Si Staff, SI.com, "The Best, Worst and Weirdest Moments From Every Sport at the 2018 Olympic Games," 24 Feb. 2018 Her brow furrowed, Slocum peppered Gulich with questions about her emotions during her final games at Gill Coliseum. Joel Odom, OregonLive.com, "Live updates: Oregon State Beavers open 2018 baseball season against New Mexico," 16 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of furrow


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for furrow


Middle English furgh, forow, from Old English furh; akin to Old High German furuh furrow, Latin porca


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English Language Learners Definition of furrow

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a long and narrow cut in the ground

: a narrow line or wrinkle in the skin of a person's face



English Language Learners Definition of furrow (Entry 2 of 2)

: to make furrows in (something)


fur·row | \ ˈfər-ō \

Kids Definition of furrow

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a trench made by or as if by a plow

2 : a narrow groove : wrinkle


furrowed; furrowing

Kids Definition of furrow (Entry 2 of 2)

: to make wrinkles or grooves in He furrowed his brow.


fur·row | \ ˈfər-(ˌ)ō, -ə(-w); ˈfə-(ˌ)rō, -rə(-w) \

Medical Definition of furrow 

1 : a marked narrow depression or groove

2 : a deep wrinkle

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