a. A leave of absence or vacation, especially one granted to a member of the armed forces.
b. A usually temporary layoff from work.
c. A leave of absence from prison granted to a prisoner.
2. The papers or documents authorizing a leave: The soldiers had their furloughs in their breast pockets.
tr.v.fur·loughed, fur·lough·ing, fur·loughs
1. To grant a leave to.
2. To lay off (workers).
A year ago, heck, even a month ago, I didn't even know what this word meant. Now I have to take 12 mandatory furlough days. Bittersweet. I love staying in bed, but I also enjoy my paycheck. Blurgh! However, I must look on the bright side, at least I still have a job. Riiight???