having fur.
made with or of fur, as garments.
clad in fur or furs, as persons: elegantly furred in chinchilla.
coated with matter, as the tongue.

Origin of furred

Middle English word dating back to 1275–1325; see origin at fur, -ed3
Related formsun·furred, adjective




the fine, soft, thick, hairy coat of the skin of a mammal.
the skin of certain animals, as the sable, ermine, or beaver, covered with such a coat, used for lining, trimming, or making garments.
a garment made of fur.
any coating resembling or suggesting fur, as certain matter on the tongue.
Heraldry. any conventional representation of a fur, as ermine, vair, potent, or their variations.


of or relating to fur, animal skins, dressed pelts, etc.: a fur coat; a fur trader.

verb (used with object), furred, fur·ring.

to line, face, or trim, with fur, as a garment.
Building Trades. to apply furring to (a wall, ceiling, etc.).
to clothe (a person) with fur.
to coat with foul or deposited matter.

Origin of fur

1300–50; Middle English furre (noun), derivative of furren to trim with fur < Anglo-French furrer, Old French fo(u)rrer orig. to encase, derivative of fuerre sheath < Germanic; akin to Old English fōdder case, sheath, Old Norse fōthr, Greek pṓma
Related formsfur·less, adjective
Can be confusedfir fur
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Examples from the Web for furred

Historical Examples of furred

  • She was elaborately gowned and furred, and something about her creaked when she walked.

    Cap'n Warren's Wards

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • Birds and rabbits had young-ones and she was neither feathered nor furred.


    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • She shivered, and drew her furred cloak the more closely about her.

  • But there was no fear on the serene little face in its furred hood.


    Rafael Sabatini

  • One of these dresses was furred, and was exquisitely beautiful.

    The Memoires of Casanova, Complete

    Jacques Casanova de Seingalt

British Dictionary definitions for furred



made of, lined with, or covered in fur
wearing fur
(of animals) having fur
another word for furry (def. 4)
Also: furry provided with furring strips
(of a pipe, kettle, etc) lined with hard lime or other salts deposited from water



the dense coat of fine silky hairs on such mammals as the cat, seal, and mink
  1. the dressed skin of certain fur-bearing animals, with the hair left on
  2. (as modifier)a fur coat
a garment made of fur, such as a coat or stole
  1. a pile fabric made in imitation of animal fur
  2. a garment made from such a fabric
heraldry any of various stylized representations of animal pelts or their tinctures, esp ermine or vair, used in coats of arms
informal a whitish coating of cellular debris on the tongue, caused by excessive smoking, an upset stomach, etc
British a whitish-grey deposit consisting chiefly of calcium carbonate precipitated from hard water onto the insides of pipes, boilers, and kettles
make the fur fly to cause a scene or disturbance

verb furs, furring or furred

(tr) to line or trim a garment, etc, with fur
(often foll by up) to cover or become covered with a furlike lining or deposit
(tr) to clothe (a person) in a fur garment or garments
Derived Formsfurless, adjective

Word Origin for fur

C14: from Old French forrer to line a garment, from fuerre sheath, of Germanic origin; related to Old English fōdder case, Old Frisian fōder coat lining
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Word Origin and History for furred



late 14c. "trimming or lining of a garment" (implied c.1300 in surname Furhode "fur hood"), probably from Old French fourrer "to line, sheathe," from fuerre "sheath, covering," from Frankish *fodr or another Germanic source (cf. Old Frisian foder "coat lining," Old High German fotar "a lining," German Futter, Gothic fodr "sword sheath"), from Proto-Germanic *fodram "sheath."

Sense transferred in English from the notion of a lining to the thing used in it. First applied early 15c. to animal hair still on the animal.

I'le make the fur Flie 'bout the eares of the old Cur. [Butler, "Hudibras," 1663]

As a verb, from c.1300, from Old French fourrer. Related: Furred; furring.

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Idioms and Phrases with furred


see make the dust (fur) fly.

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