verb \ˈfər\

Definition of fur




  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to cover, line, trim, or clothe with fur

  3. 2 :  to coat or clog as if with fur

  4. 3 :  to apply furring to

  5. intransitive verb
  6. :  to become coated or clogged as if with fur

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.

Origin and Etymology of fur

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

First Known Use: 14th century



noun, often attributive

Definition of fur

  1. 1 :  a piece of the dressed pelt of an animal used to make, trim, or line wearing apparel

  2. 2 :  an article of clothing made of or with fur

  3. 3 :  the hairy coat of a mammal especially when fine, soft, and thick; also :  such a coat with the skin

  4. 4 :  a coating resembling fur: such asa :  a coat of epithelial debris on the tongueb :  the thick pile of a fabric (such as chenille)


play \ˈfər-ləs\ adjective

Examples of fur in a sentence

  1. The cat has black-and-white fur.

  2. The rabbit's fur is soft.

  3. Her gloves are lined with fur.

  4. He made his fortune trading furs in the 17th century.

  5. Her new fur is a full-length mink coat.

  6. a teddy bear with soft fur

14th Century

First Known Use of fur

14th century




Definition of fur

  1. furlong

FUR Defined for English Language Learners



noun, often attributive

Definition of fur for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids


noun \ˈfər\

Definition of fur for Students

  1. 1 :  the hairy coat of a mammal especially when fine, soft, and thick

  2. 2 :  a piece of the pelt of an animal

  3. 3 :  an article of clothing made with fur


\ˈfərd\ adjective

History for fur

Though we think of fur as part of the animal that wears it, the history of the word fur begins with clothing rather than animals. Middle English furre, “fur trim or lining for a garment,” was shortened from the synonymous word furour, or else derived from a verb furren, “to trim or line (a garment) with animal skin.” This verb was borrowed from medieval French fourrer, with the identical meaning. Fourrer is a derivative of fuerre, meaning “sheath, wrapper,” since lining a garment provides a sort of warm wrapper for its wearer.

Medical Dictionary


noun , often attributive \ˈfər\

Medical Definition of fur

  1. 1:  the hairy coat of a mammal especially when fine, soft, and thick

  2. 2:  a coat of epithelial debris on the tongue

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