a person who buys and sells furs, or one who makes, repairs, or cleans furs and fur garments; a fur dealer or fur dresser.

Origin of furrier

1570–80; re-formation, perhaps after clothier, of earlier English, Middle English furrer < Anglo-French; see fur, -er2




comparative of furry.



adjective, fur·ri·er, fur·ri·est.

consisting of or resembling fur: a deep, furry rug in front of the fireplace; the furry undergrowth of the forest.
covered with fur; wearing fur: Many furry animals are in danger of becoming extinct.
obstructed or coated as if with fur: a furry voice; a furry tongue.
Slang. terrifying; hair-raising.

Origin of furry

First recorded in 1590–1600; fur + -y1
Related formsfur·ri·ly, adverbfur·ri·ness, noun
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for furrier

Historical Examples of furrier

  • An Italian proverb says: "The furrier gets the skins of more foxes than asses."

  • Rasputin, from that day, took a great deal of interest in the furrier's wife.

    The Minister of Evil

    William Le Queux

  • She's a Miss Gibson, and her father's a furrier in Cheapside.

    The Martian

    George Du Maurier

  • How I was praised at the furrier's in the wood, when his daughter was betrothed!

    The Sand-Hills of Jutland

    Hans Christian Andersen

  • And from that day he grew furrier and furrier, and he was the beginning of all cats.

British Dictionary definitions for furrier



a person whose occupation is selling, making, dressing, or repairing fur garments

Word Origin for furrier

C14: furour, from Old French fourrer to trim or line with fur


adjective -rier or -riest

covered with fur or something furlike
of, relating to, or resembling fur
another word for furred (def. 5)
Also: furred (of the tongue) coated with whitish cellular debris
Derived Formsfurrily, adverbfurriness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for furrier

late 13c., furrere, via Anglo-French, from Old French forreor, from fourrer "to line or trim with fur."



1670s, from fur + -y (2). As a noun, in reference to "anthropomorphic animal characters with human personalities," by 1996. Related: Furriness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper