of or relating to fur, animal skins, dressed pelts, etc.: a fur coat; a fur trader.

verb (used with object), furred, fur·ring.


    make the fur fly,
    1. to cause a scene or disturbance, especially of a violent nature; make trouble: When the kids got mad they really made the fur fly.
    2. to do things quickly: She always makes the fur fly when she types.

Origin of fur

1300–50; Middle English furre (noun), derivative of furren to trim with fur < Anglo-French furrer, Old French fo(u)rrer orig. to encase, derivative of fuerre sheath < Germanic; akin to Old English fōdder case, sheath, Old Norse fōthr, Greek pṓma
Related formsfur·less, adjective
Can be confusedfir fur
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British Dictionary definitions for make the fur fly



the dense coat of fine silky hairs on such mammals as the cat, seal, and mink
  1. the dressed skin of certain fur-bearing animals, with the hair left on
  2. (as modifier)a fur coat
a garment made of fur, such as a coat or stole
  1. a pile fabric made in imitation of animal fur
  2. a garment made from such a fabric
heraldry any of various stylized representations of animal pelts or their tinctures, esp ermine or vair, used in coats of arms
informal a whitish coating of cellular debris on the tongue, caused by excessive smoking, an upset stomach, etc
British a whitish-grey deposit consisting chiefly of calcium carbonate precipitated from hard water onto the insides of pipes, boilers, and kettles
make the fur fly to cause a scene or disturbance

verb furs, furring or furred

(tr) to line or trim a garment, etc, with fur
(often foll by up) to cover or become covered with a furlike lining or deposit
(tr) to clothe (a person) in a fur garment or garments
Derived Formsfurless, adjective

Word Origin for fur

C14: from Old French forrer to line a garment, from fuerre sheath, of Germanic origin; related to Old English fōdder case, Old Frisian fōder coat lining
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Word Origin and History for make the fur fly



late 14c. "trimming or lining of a garment" (implied c.1300 in surname Furhode "fur hood"), probably from Old French fourrer "to line, sheathe," from fuerre "sheath, covering," from Frankish *fodr or another Germanic source (cf. Old Frisian foder "coat lining," Old High German fotar "a lining," German Futter, Gothic fodr "sword sheath"), from Proto-Germanic *fodram "sheath."

Sense transferred in English from the notion of a lining to the thing used in it. First applied early 15c. to animal hair still on the animal.

I'le make the fur Flie 'bout the eares of the old Cur. [Butler, "Hudibras," 1663]

As a verb, from c.1300, from Old French fourrer. Related: Furred; furring.

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Idioms and Phrases with make the fur fly


see make the dust (fur) fly.

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