[ fur-oh, fuhr-oh ]
/ ˈfɜr oʊ, ˈfʌr oʊ /


a narrow groove made in the ground, especially by a plow.
a narrow groovelike or trenchlike depression in any surface: the furrows of a wrinkled face.

verb (used with object)

to make a furrow or furrows in.
to make wrinkles in (the face): to furrow one's brow.

verb (used without object)

to become furrowed.

Nearby words

  1. furrier,
  2. furriery,
  3. furriner,
  4. furring,
  5. furring strip,
  6. furrowed tongue,
  7. furry,
  8. furshlugginer,
  9. furth,
  10. further

Origin of furrow

before 900; Middle English forwe, furgh, Old English furh; cognate with Old Frisian furch, Old High German fur(u)h (German Furche), Latin porca ridge between furrows

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British Dictionary definitions for furrow


/ (ˈfʌrəʊ) /


a long narrow trench made in the ground by a plough or a trench resembling this
any long deep groove, esp a deep wrinkle on the forehead


to develop or cause to develop furrows or wrinkles
to make a furrow or furrows in (land)
Derived Formsfurrower, nounfurrowless, adjectivefurrow-like or furrowy, adjective

Word Origin for furrow

Old English furh; related to Old Frisian furch, Old Norse for, Old High German furuh furrow, Latin porca ridge between furrows

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Word Origin and History for furrow
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Medicine definitions for furrow


[ fûrō ]


A rut, groove, or narrow depression.
A deep wrinkle in the skin, as on the forehead.

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