[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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Contemporary Examples of furiously

Historical Examples of furiously

  • He tears the document, and throws the pieces about furiously.

  • It was high time, for the bears were furiously engaged in the work of demolition.

    The Field of Ice

    Jules Verne

  • The sound of a horse at a gallop came fast and furiously up the hill.

    A Tale of Two Cities

    Charles Dickens

  • Coryston had been furiously angry when the terms of his father's will were revealed.

    The Coryston Family

    Mrs. Humphry Ward

  • I was furiously angry with her, but I was more angry with myself.

    The Rise of Roscoe Paine

    Joseph C. Lincoln

British Dictionary definitions for furiously



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 furiously

1550s, from furious + -ly (2).



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."

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Idioms and Phrases with furiously


see fast and furious.

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