A furry is an anthropomorphic animal character. Some examples of anthropomorphic characters would be cartoon animals featured in animation, such as Mickey Mouse or Bugs Bunny. Some may also appear as mascots or advertising characters, like the Exxon Tiger or McGruff the Crime Dog. On the other end of the spectrum, furries can be talking animals featured in fairy tales, such as Aesop's Fables or literature, such as Watership Down.

The fans of anthropomorphic animal art and writing are also sometimes referred to as furries.

Furry fandom is defined as the appreciation, promotion, and production of stories and art about anthropomorphic animals, as well as the exploration, interpretation and examination of humanity and human values through anthropomorphic expression. There are about a dozen yearly furry conventions across the United States, which feature events such as art shows, discussion panels, and charity auctions.
Furry fans have raised thousands of dollars for animal-related charities over the past five years.
by Reborn The Definition December 19, 2004
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An person that is on next evolutionary step, witch makes them more fascinated, respectfull and loving about animals, witch manifest by them creating anthropomorphic characters. Furries create a community ussually refeard to as "Furry fandom". The most popular thing related to those wholsome begings are fursuits, witch are costumes of anthropomorphic characters. Furries, for their unusuaul hobby, ussually are terorized by people claiming to be gamers, in reality being usually edgy kids. Fake gamers tend to show respect to nazis and promotor idea of reapeting holocaust, this time murdering furries. Furries, however, usually calmly respond with things like ironic yet pretty polite consensus to hate or trials to nicely explain what it really is like. Such a beautifull begings, may they yiff on heaven!
A:Hey, did you know that furry? He is such a nice person.

B:Yeah, his fursuit is really beautifull as well.
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n. An anthropomorphic animal that has a basic human body structure (stands upright, arms, legs, hands, ect.). Typically funny animals are considered a separate thing as they are used almost solely for humour only and are not portrayed as either serious beings, plausible, or science fiction/fantasy creatures. There is still a fine line between the two definitions.
Those otters with human-like arms and legs in that drawing are furries.
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1. To be covered in fur; fluffy; fuzzy.

2. Furry fandom. This is where this definition becomes a full out rant.

Furry fandom is something widely controversed.

To cover the most general of definitions, a person who is interested in (Note that I said interested in, not is sexually attracted to) anthropomorphic animals.

Some people believe that you are only a "Furry fan" unless furry is a lifestyle for you.

Still others believe that even if you don't know the meaning of the fandom, if you like anthro animals then you're a furry. To each his own.

Personally, I think it's about choice.

Many furries create alter-egos/roleplay characters/ect. that are often called "fursonas". Y'know, furry personas?

A lot of people assume all sorts of strange things about people who call themselves furries. I have personal experiance with this one, folks.

Let me tell you something: We are NORMAL PEOPLE. Some us are male, some female, some straight, some gay, some have jobs, some don't. We are not all automatically people who have sex in animal costumes. There certainly ARE some people like this within the fandom, but don't act like we are all the same. If it worked that way, then because Shakespear is dead, and some frogs are dead, then Shakespear was a frog.

I hope I have helped you instead of wasted your time, but that's my two cents.
My cat is really furry, but he sheds a lot.

I like furry art.
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Furry is a rather diverse sub-culture. The stereotypical view of Furry is that it is "a bunch of people having it in costumes". As with most stereotypical views, this is an incorrect view of Furry.
Furry is a sub-culture in which the "members" have some connection with anthropomorphics. This can be in many ways, as roleplaying,anthro art, fur-suiting, feeling they have the spirit or soul of an animal etc. Furries vary, they are male and female, come from all continents, all age groups etc.
Back to the stereotype. As I said, this is an incorrect view of Furry. Though this is not something all Furries take part in there are a small proportion who do so. Anything to do with sex in Furry is called yiff. In the '90s there was a sudden uprise of yiff art on the internet. Most of this has gone now, but this image of Furry remains.
He was well known for being a Furry, as he wore a tail around everywhere.
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A subculture of people who are typically interested in anthropomorphism. There are three types:

Tier 1- Mildly interested. Probably don't own a fursuit. Like furry art and stories. Make up about 90% of furry population.

Tier 2- Highly interested. Most likely own a suit and have a fursona. A little weird, yes, but there are weirder things. Usually harmless, very social. Make up about 6% of furry population.

Tier 3- The general idea of furries to ignorant people. Those who take it too far. Believe themselves to be nonhuman and sometimes engage in sexual activity. It is this tier that began the negative portrayal of furries. Perhaps 4% make up the furry population.

That is all. And no, I'm not a furry, nor am I a furry hater.
A furry is a person who has an affinity for animals, but furries are often portrayed as bestial lowlifes, a sad stereotype that has unfortunately grown in the past few years.
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A furry is any sort of half-animal/half-human creatures, usually bipedal. Most commonly appearing in the form of "talking animals" or "animal-headed people." Many are familiar cartoon characters, such as Bugs Bunny or Mickey Mouse.

A furry is also sometimes used as shorthand to mean a furry fan, i.e., anyone who likes anthropomorphic animals. There is a small but growing fandom for people who like furries.

A furry hater is someone who is willfully ignorant about furries and goes around making stuff up about them on UrbanDictionary.
The common response from people when you ask "Have you ever heard of furry fandom?" is "No." That doesn't mean they're furry haters, they've just never heard of furry fandom.

Furry fandom is pretty awesome.
by It's A Furry World After All December 12, 2004
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