See also: Furrow
From Middle English furgh, forow, from Old English furh, from Proto-West Germanic *furh, from Proto-Germanic *furhs (compare Saterland Frisian Fuurge, Dutch voor, German Furche, Swedish fåra, Norwegian Bokmål fure), from Proto-Indo-European *perḱ- (“to dig”).
Compare Welsh rhych (“furrow”), Latin porca (“ridge, balk”), Lithuanian prapar̃šas (“ditch”), Sanskrit पर्शान (párśāna, “chasm”).
- (General American) IPA(key): /ˈfʌɹoʊ/, /ˈfɝoʊ/
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈfʌɹəʊ/
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- Rhymes: -ʌɹəʊ
furrow (plural furrows)
- A trench cut in the soil, as when plowed in order to plant a crop.
- Don't walk across that deep furrow in the field.
- Any trench, channel, or groove, as in wood or metal.
- A deep wrinkle in the skin of the face, especially on the forehead.
- When she was tired, a deep furrow appeared on her forehead.
trench cut in the soil
deep wrinkle in the skin of the face
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furrow (third-person singular simple present furrows, present participle furrowing, simple past and past participle furrowed)
- (transitive) To cut one or more grooves in (the ground, etc.).
- Cart wheels can furrow roads.
- 1847, Alfred Tennyson, “Part III”, in The Princess: A Medley, London: Edward Moxon, […], →OCLC, page 47:
- Morn in the white wake of the morning star / Came furrowing all the orient into gold.
- (transitive) To wrinkle.
- (transitive) To pull one's brows or eyebrows together due to concentration, worry, etc.
- Synonym: frown
- As she read the document intently her brows began to furrow.
- 2016 February 20, “Obituary: Antonin Scalia: Always Right”, in The Economist:
- If you were bold enough to ask Antonin Scalia questions, you had to be precise. Otherwise the bushy black brows would furrow, the chin would crumple and the pudgy, puckish body would start to rock, eager to get at you.
to make one or more cuts or grooves in
to wrinkle — see wrinkle
to pull one's brows together