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[fur-ee] /ˈfɜr i/
adjective, furrier, furriest.
consisting of or resembling fur:
a deep, furry rug in front of the fireplace; the furry undergrowth of the forest.
covered with fur; wearing fur:
Many furry animals are in danger of becoming extinct.
obstructed or coated as if with fur:
a furry voice; a furry tongue.
Slang. terrifying; hair-raising.
Origin of furry
1590-1600; fur + -y1
Related forms
furrily, adverb
furriness, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for furry
  • Moisture-conserving thick, typically furry or hairy leaves are lance-shaped.
  • Hairy tongue is a harmless condition in which the tongue looks hairy or furry.
  • Kirk's dedicated attempt to keep those furry monsters off our sunflowers.
  • Not from humans but from our furry four legged neighbors.
  • furry green plastic branches frame the portholes, decorations for the holidays.
  • Some non-profits are trying to step in and encourage people not to abandon their furry friends at shelters in the first place.
  • furry protesters scaled buildings, occupied production lines and unfurled banners.
  • In this game players rotate falling shapes so that they slot neatly together instead of saving self-destructive furry animals.
  • It eventually took government intervention to confiscate the furry contraband and shut down the sweatshops.
  • Once a furry inmate acquires a taste for human flesh, the theory went, it can never be trusted again.
British Dictionary definitions for furry


adjective -rier, -riest
covered with fur or something furlike
of, relating to, or resembling fur
another word for furred (sense 5)
Also furred. (of the tongue) coated with whitish cellular debris
Derived Forms
furrily, adverb
furriness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for furry

1670s, from fur + -y (2). As a noun, in reference to "anthropomorphic animal characters with human personalities," by 1996. Related: Furriness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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