- 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.
- to make a furrow or furrows in.
- to make wrinkles in (the face): to furrow one's brow.
- to become furrowed.
Origin of furrow
Examples from the Web for furrowed
Cameras panning to American fans showed dispirited faces, furrowed brows.Bring It On! Team USA Progresses to Round 2
June 26, 2014
In the passenger seat, there's a man, buttoned-down shirt and furrowed brow.The Perils of Driving in India: One Man’s Quest for a Driver’s License
October 20, 2012
He remained silent for a second or two as he just furrowed his brows and studied the photo.My Father’s War Pictures, and Mine
April 20, 2012
He forgot his gray hair and furrowed face, just as he forgot the cold and snow.Tiverton Tales
As he read, his hand shook, amazement dilated his eyes and furrowed his brow.Bardelys the Magnificent
His forehead was furrowed with lines, his pallor was unnatural and unwholesome.The Traitors
E. Phillips (Edward Phillips) Oppenheim
The imaginative eye, the furrowed brow, were what he sought.
He drew his brow into a pucker which furrowed the flesh between his brows.Tess of the Storm Country
Grace Miller White
- 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)
Word Origin and History for furrowed
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]
early 15c., "to plow," from furrow (n.). Meaning "to make wrinkles in one's face, brow, etc." is from 1590s. Related: Furrowed; furrowing.
- A rut, groove, or narrow depression.
- A deep wrinkle in the skin, as on the forehead.