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[fur-nish] /ˈfɜr nɪʃ/
verb (used with object)
to supply (a house, room, etc.) with necessary furniture, carpets, appliances, etc.
to provide or supply (often followed by with):
The delay furnished me with the time I needed.
paper pulp and any ingredients added to it prior to its introduction into a papermaking machine.
Origin of furnish
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English furnisshen < Old French furniss-, long stem of furnir to accomplish, furnish < Germanic; compare Old High German frumjan to provide
Related forms
furnisher, noun
half-furnished, adjective
overfurnish, verb (used with object)
prefurnish, verb (used with object)
refurnish, verb (used with object)
self-furnished, adjective
semifurnished, adjective
underfurnish, verb (used with object)
unfurnished, adjective
well-furnished, adjective
Can be confused
refinish, refurbish, refurnish.
1, 2. rig, outfit, deck out. Furnish, appoint, equip all refer to providing something necessary. Furnish emphasizes the idea of providing necessary or customary services or appliances in living quarters: to furnish board; a room meagerly furnished with a bed, desk, and a wooden chair. Appoint (now found only in well-appointed ) means to furnish completely with all requisites or accessories or in an elegant style: a well-appointed house. Equip means to supply with necessary materials or apparatus for some service, action, or undertaking; it emphasizes preparation: to equip a vessel, a soldier. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for unfurnished
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  • There were two or three unfurnished rooms on the second floor.

    K Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • Most of the rooms were unfurnished, but none the less Holmes inspected them all minutely.

    The Return of Sherlock Holmes Arthur Conan Doyle
  • The house was not empty, in the sense that it was unfurnished.

    Jack O' Judgment Edgar Wallace
  • He had indeed a house, but it was unfurnished, so that he could not take me in.

    True to His Home Hezekiah Butterworth
  • With the exception of the tarpaulins, the seats, and the tiller, the boat was unfurnished.

    The Iron Pirate Max Pemberton
  • Here there were only two rooms, one for Buskin, the maid-servant, and the other unfurnished.

    Susan Amy Walton
  • The house in Verdolay had five large rooms, stone-floored, and was unfurnished.

    Poor Folk in Spain Jan Gordon
  • Now 102 was let out in lodgings, some furnished, some unfurnished.

    The Socialist Cyril Arthur Edward Ranger Gull
  • The room was wide and unfurnished, with a fire blazing on the hearth.

British Dictionary definitions for unfurnished


(of a room, property, etc) not having any furniture


verb (transitive)
to provide (a house, room, etc) with furniture, carpets, etc
to equip with what is necessary; fit out
to give; supply: the records furnished the information required
Derived Forms
furnisher, noun
Word Origin
C15: from Old French fournir, of Germanic origin; related to Old High German frummen to carry out
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Word Origin and History for unfurnished

1540s, "not equipped, unprepared," from un- (1) "not" + past participle of furnish. In reference to houses, apartments, etc., "not provided with furniture," it is recorded from 1580s.



mid-15c., from Middle French furniss-, present participle stem of furnir "furnish, accomplish," from Old French fornir (12c.), from Vulgar Latin *fornire, alteration of *fromire, from West Germanic *frumjan "forward movement, advancement" (cf. Old High German frumjan "to do, execute, provide"), from Proto-Germanic *fram- "forwards" (see from). Meaning "to provide" (something) is from 1520s. Related: Furnished; furnishing.

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