An example of fur used as an adjective is in the phrase "fur coat," which means a coat made with a mammal's body hair.
An example of fur is to trim a coat with mink.
An example of fur is for a dog to shed on the couch.
An example of fur is the hair on a bear.
Fur on the tongue.
- to cause dissension or fighting
- to accomplish much quickly
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs
Origin of fur
- Middle English furre probably from furren to line with fur from Old French forrer from forre, fuerre sheath, lining of Germanic origin pā- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- Middle English furren, from Anglo-Norman furrer (“to stuff, line, fill”), from fuerre (“sheath”), from Frankish *fōdar, from Proto-Germanic *fōdrą 'sheath' (compare Old English fōdor (“sheaf”), Dutch voering (“lining”), German Futter (“lining”), Gothic (fōdr, “sheath”)), from Proto-Indo-European *peh₂-, *poh₂- 'to protect' (compare Lithuanian piemuō (“protection”), Ancient Greek pōy 'flock', pōma 'lid', ποιμήν (poimēn, “shepherd”), Old Armenian հաւրան (hawran, “herd, flock”), Kurdish pawan 'to watch over', Sanskrit पाति (pāti, “he watches, protects”), pātram 'container').