From Old French furnir, fornir (whence also English furnish), of Germanic origin, from Frankish *frumjan ‎(to complete, execute), from Proto-Germanic *frumjaną ‎(to further, promote), from Proto-Indo-European *promo- ‎(front, forward). Cf. Old High German frumjan ‎(to perform, provide), from fruma ‎(utility, gain), akin to Old English fremu ‎(profit, advantage), fremian ‎(to promote, perform). Compare Catalan fornir, Italian fornire.




  1. to supply, to provide
    La boulangerie fournit mon restaurant en pain.
    The bakery supplies my restaurant with bread.
  2. to put in
    Fournir de l'effort.
    Put in some effort.
  3. (card games) To follow suit
  4. (slang) To poke, to shaft, to hump; to have sex
    J'ai fourni ta mère.
    I shafted your mother.

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  • This is a regular verb of the second conjugation, like finir, choisir, and most other verbs with infinitives ending in -ir. One salient feature of this conjugation is the repeated appearance of the infix -iss-.

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