- the attaching of strips of wood or the like (furring strips) to a wall or other surface, as to provide an even support for lath or to provide an air space between the wall and plasterwork.
- material used for this purpose.
Origin of furring
verb (used with object), furred, fur·ring.
- to cause a scene or disturbance, especially of a violent nature; make trouble: When the kids got mad they really made the fur fly.
- to do things quickly: She always makes the fur fly when she types.
Origin of fur
Related Words for furringpadding, lining, covering, packing, caulking, furring, surrounding, cording, isolating, protecting
Examples from the Web for furring
Historical Examples of furring
A piece of furring strip should be run from the top of the pipe to the wall.Elements of Plumbing
Temporarily hard water may be softened by boiling; the lime will be deposited, as may be seen in the "furring" of tea-kettles.Ontario Teachers' Manuals: Household Management
Ministry of Education
We put in the winter there, furring, and every time he came home from the round of traps, he'd sell me all the pelts.A Man in the Open
In the winter the northern people move up the bays and go "furring."Le Petit Nord
Anne Elizabeth Caldwell (MacClanahan) Grenfell and Katie Spalding
Another cause of disaster is the furring up of the pipes with the lime deposited by hard water when heated.How it Works
- the dressed skin of certain fur-bearing animals, with the hair left on
- (as modifier)a fur coat
- a pile fabric made in imitation of animal fur
- a garment made from such a fabric
verb furs, furring or furred
Word Origin for fur
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.
see make the dust (fur) fly.