[ 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.

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 forms of furrow

furrower, 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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Medical definitions for furrow

[ fûrō ]


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