verb (used without object)
  1. to become unfurled.

Origin of unfurl

First recorded in 1635–45; un-2 + furl
Related formsun·furl·a·ble, adjective
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Related Words for unfurling

unwind, unfold, unroll, unpack, open, spread, develop, display, expand

Examples from the Web for unfurling

Contemporary Examples of unfurling

Historical Examples of unfurling

  • The Duke of Athole performed the ceremony of unfurling the banner.

  • "I do not see it, sir," said the admiral, unfurling a handkerchief like a challenge flag.

    A Mock Idyl

    Percy Ross

  • She had taken the fan from him, and was furling and unfurling it.

  • He smiled back at her, shaking his head slightly and unfurling the fan.

  • Rattleton set about unfurling the sails and getting them ready for hoisting.

    Frank Merriwell's Alarm

    Burt L. Standish

British Dictionary definitions for unfurling


  1. to unroll, unfold, or spread out or be unrolled, unfolded, or spread out from a furled state
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Word Origin and History for unfurling



1640s, from un- (2) "opposite of" + furl (v.). Related: unfurled, unfurling.

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