Definition of furphy in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈfəːfi/

noun (plural furphies)

Australian informal
A rumour or story, especially one that is untrue or absurd: I remembered the schoolyard furphies about sewer gangs
More example sentences
  • Museum Manager-Curator, Capt Linda Graham, believes the story is a furphy.
  • Simon Moglia from Victoria Legal Aid says it's a furphy to suggest the powers are not over-reaching.
  • No, and really, it is a bit of a furphy to suggest that it does.


First World War: from the name painted on water and sanitary carts manufactured by the Furphy family of Shepparton, Victoria; during the war they became popular as a place where soldiers exchanged gossip, often when visiting the latrines.

Words that rhyme with furphy

murphy, scurfy, surfy, turfy
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