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[fur-oh, fuhr-oh] /ˈfɜr oʊ, ˈfʌr oʊ/
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.
verb (used with object)
to make a furrow or furrows in.
to make wrinkles in (the face):
to furrow one's brow.
verb (used without object)
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
Related forms
furrower, noun
furrowless, adjective
furrowlike, adjective
furrowy, adjective
unfurrowed, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for furrowed
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  • His brow was furrowed; he paused long and often between the mouthfuls.

    Under the Chinese Dragon F. S. Brereton
  • He forgot his gray hair and furrowed face, just as he forgot the cold and snow.

    Tiverton Tales Alice Brown
  • The naked crags stand forth on either hand, furrowed with snow couloirs, and clothed with white raiment.

    The Alps Martin Conway
  • He drew his brow into a pucker which furrowed the flesh between his brows.

    Tess of the Storm Country Grace Miller White
  • So that in the morning, on rising, one is as furrowed as a waffle off the iron.

    Tenting To-night Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • He was not an old man, but his hair was gray and his forehead lined and furrowed.

    Hunter's Marjory Margaret Bruce Clarke
  • It will be noticed that the bright mass near the centre of the plate is tunnelled with dark holes and furrowed by dusky lanes.

British Dictionary definitions for furrowed


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)
Derived Forms
furrower, noun
furrowless, adjective
furrow-like, 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 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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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furrowed in Medicine

furrow fur·row (fûr'ō, fŭr'ō)

  1. A rut, groove, or narrow depression.

  2. A deep wrinkle in the skin, as on the forehead.

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furrowed in the Bible

an opening in the ground made by the plough (Ps. 65:10; Hos. 10:4, 10).

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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