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forage

[fawr-ij, for-] /ˈfɔr ɪdʒ, ˈfɒr-/
noun
1.
food for horses or cattle; fodder; provender.
2.
the seeking or obtaining of such food.
3.
the act of searching for provisions of any kind.
4.
a raid.
verb (used without object), foraged, foraging.
5.
to wander or go in search of provisions.
6.
to search about; seek; rummage; hunt:
He went foraging in the attic for old mementos.
7.
to make a raid.
verb (used with object), foraged, foraging.
8.
to collect forage from; strip of supplies; plunder:
to forage the countryside.
9.
to supply with forage.
10.
to obtain by foraging.
Origin of forage
1275-1325
1275-1325; Middle English < Old French fourrage, derivative of fuerre fodder (from Germanic)
Related forms
forager, noun
unforaged, adjective
Synonym Study
1. See feed.
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  • But in about a fortnight this forager came home, full of emptiness.

    The Lincoln Story Book Henry L. Williams
  • "Well, I've got to take off my hat to you as a forager," said Shorty.

  • I capchered a forager a little bit ago and took him to headquarters!

  • The forager, who belonged to Si's company, crept up to Corporal Klegg and in a conciliatory tone opened negotiations.

  • After this our mess was well supplied, and our forager began to look sleek and fat.

  • The forager encumbered with the weight of his plunder finally dropped it and made his escape.

    Under the Stars and Bars Walter A. Clark
  • It is said that no forager would ever sell any of his loot, that indeed it was a point of honor not to sell.

    The Soul of John Brown Stephen Graham
  • “Well, if he is a soldier you can depend upon it that he is a forager,” said Bob with decision.

    A Daughter of the Union

    Lucy Foster Madison
British Dictionary definitions for forager

forage

/ˈfɒrɪdʒ/
noun
1.
food for horses or cattle, esp hay or straw
2.
the act of searching for food or provisions
3.
(military) a raid or incursion
verb
4.
to search (the countryside or a town) for food, provisions, etc
5.
(intransitive) (military) to carry out a raid
6.
(transitive) to obtain by searching about
7.
(transitive) to give food or other provisions to
8.
(transitive) to feed (cattle or horses) with such food
Derived Forms
forager, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Old French fourrage, probably of Germanic origin; see food, fodder
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Word Origin and History for forager
n.

late 14c., from Old French foragier, from forrage (see forage (n.)).

forage

n.

early 14c. (late 13c. as Anglo-Latin foragium), from Old French forrage "fodder, foraging, pillaging, looting" (12c., Modern French fourrage), from fuerre "hay, straw, forage, fodder" (Modern French feurre) "fodder, straw," from Frankish *fodr "food" or a similar Germanic source (cf. Old High German fuotar, Old English fodor); see fodder). Military forage cap attested by 1827.

forage

v.

early 15c., from Middle French fourrager, from fourage (Old French forrage; see forage (n.)). Related: Foraged; foraging.

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