- 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.
- furring strip,
- furrowed tongue,
Origin of furring
verb (used with object), furred, fur·ring.
Origin of fur
Examples from the Web for furring
In the winter the northern people move up the bays and go "furring."Le Petit Nord|Anne Elizabeth Caldwell (MacClanahan) Grenfell and Katie Spalding
A piece of furring strip should be run from the top of the pipe to the wall.Elements of Plumbing|Samuel Dibble
Another cause of disaster is the furring up of the pipes with the lime deposited by hard water when heated.How it Works|Archibald Williams
Furring employs large numbers of foreign males, and some thousands of both native and foreign females.Problems of Poverty|John A. Hobson
Stone buildings can be converted into good silos by furring out and double boarding on the inside.Secrets of Wise Men, Chemists and Great Physicians|William K. David
- short for furring strip
- the fixing of furring strips
- furring strips collectively
- 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.