• A trench cut in the soil, as when plowed in order to plant a crop.
  • Any trench, channel, or groove, as in wood or metal.
  • A deep wrinkle in the skin of the face, especially on the forehead.


  • To cut one or more grooves in (the ground, etc.).
  • To wrinkle.
  • To pull one's brows or eyebrows together due to concentration, worry, etc.


  • 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-.
  • Compare Welsh rhych ("furrow"), Latin porca ("ridge, balk"), Lithuanian prapar̃šas ("ditch"), Sanskrit पर्शान ("chasm").

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