1. a narrow groove made in the ground, especially by a plow.
  2. a narrow groovelike or trenchlike depression in any surface: the furrows of a wrinkled face.

verb (used with object)

  1. to make a furrow or furrows in.
  2. to make wrinkles in (the face): to furrow one’s brow.

verb (used without object)

  1. to become furrowed.


  1. a long narrow trench made in the ground by a plough or a trench resembling this
  2. any long deep groove, esp a deep wrinkle on the forehead


  1. to develop or cause to develop furrows or wrinkles
  2. to make a furrow or furrows in (land)

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.


  1. A rut, groove, or narrow depression.
  2. A deep wrinkle in the skin, as on the forehead.
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