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[fur-oh, fuhr-oh]
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  1. a narrow groove made in the ground, especially by a plow.
  2. a narrow groovelike or trenchlike depression in any surface: the furrows of a wrinkled face.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to make a furrow or furrows in.
  2. to make wrinkles in (the face): to furrow one's brow.
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verb (used without object)
  1. to become furrowed.
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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
Related formsfur·row·er, nounfur·row·less, adjectivefur·row·like, adjectivefur·row·y, adjectiveun·fur·rowed, adjective
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Historical Examples

  • Planting holes are thus dug in the furrow with the stakes as a center.

    Manual of American Grape-Growing

    U. P. Hedrick

  • There's the varnish, too, like earth on each side of a furrow.

  • Oral fossa: in Mallophaga, a furrow lying in front of the mandibles.

  • In a furrow the two found a knapsack, and in it biscuit and jerked beef.

    The Long Roll

    Mary Johnston

  • When we left the plow in the furrow to follow the bugle's call.

    Lundy's Lane and Other Poems

    Duncan Campbell Scott

British Dictionary definitions for furrow


  1. a long narrow trench made in the ground by a plough or a trench resembling this
  2. any long deep groove, esp a deep wrinkle on the forehead
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  1. to develop or cause to develop furrows or wrinkles
  2. to make a furrow or furrows in (land)
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Derived Formsfurrower, nounfurrowless, adjectivefurrow-like or furrowy, adjective

Word Origin

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


Old English furh "furrow, trench," from Proto-Germanic *furkh- (cf. Old Frisian furch "furrow;" Middle Dutch vore, Dutch voor; German Furche "furrow;" Old Norse for "furrow, drainage ditch"), from PIE *perk- (cf. Latin porca "ridge between two furrows," Old Irish -rech, Welsh rhych "furrow"). "Some scholars connect this word with Latin porcus, Eng. FARROW, assigning to the common root the sense 'to root like a swine.' " [OED]

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early 15c., "to plow," from furrow (n.). Meaning "to make wrinkles in one's face, brow, etc." is from 1590s. Related: Furrowed; furrowing.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

furrow in Medicine


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