[ 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.

verb (used with object)
  1. to make a furrow or furrows in.

  2. to make wrinkles in (the face): to furrow one's brow.

verb (used without object)
  1. 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

Other words from furrow

  • fur·row·er, noun
  • fur·row·less, adjective
  • fur·row·like, adjective
  • fur·row·y, adjective
  • un·fur·rowed, adjective

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How to use furrow in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for furrow


/ (ˈfʌrəʊ) /

  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

  1. to develop or cause to develop furrows or wrinkles

  2. to make a furrow or furrows in (land)

Origin of furrow

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

Derived forms of furrow

  • furrower, noun
  • furrowless, adjective
  • furrow-like or furrowy, adjective

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