[fyoo r-ee-uh s]


full of fury, violent passion, or rage; extremely angry; enraged: He was furious about the accident.
intensely violent, as wind or storms.
of unrestrained energy, speed, etc.: furious activity.

Origin of furious

First recorded in 1300–50; Middle English word from Latin word furiōsus. See fury, -ous
Related formsfu·ri·ous·ly, adverbfu·ri·ous·ness, noun
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  • Then there was a furious clamor and a huge dog rushed at him.

  • He was furious at this supposition that she would continue in her irregular practices.

    Within the Law

    Marvin Dana

  • When he found that the ice was out and the beer warm and flat, he was furious.


    Mary Roberts Rinehart

  • Then, with a brusque movement of furious resolution, he disappeared in the night.

    The Dream

    Emile Zola

  • Thud, thud—ta-thud, thud—on they charged at a furious pace directly at us.

    A Woman Tenderfoot

    Grace Gallatin Seton-Thompson

British Dictionary definitions for furious



extremely angry or annoyed; raging
violent, wild, or unrestrained, as in speed, vigour, energy, etc
Derived Formsfuriously, adverbfuriousness, noun
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Word Origin and History for furious

late 14c., from Old French furieus (14c., Modern French furieux), from Latin furiosus "full of rage, mad," from furia "rage, passion, fury." Furioso, from the Italian form of the word, was used in English 17c.-18c. for "an enraged person," probably from Ariosto's "Orlando Furioso."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with furious


see fast and furious.

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