- food for horses or cattle; fodder; provender.
- the seeking or obtaining of such food.
- the act of searching for provisions of any kind.
- a raid.
- to wander or go in search of provisions.
- to search about; seek; rummage; hunt: He went foraging in the attic for old mementos.
- to make a raid.
- to collect forage from; strip of supplies; plunder: to forage the countryside.
- to supply with forage.
- to obtain by foraging.
Origin of forage
Examples from the Web for forager
Roy Reehil, who runs The Forager Press, an internet publishing company, worries, too.The Foraging Wars: Extreme Eating Hits California
Debra A. Klein
January 31, 2014
Cook, a forager himself, spent thousands of hours with his subjects, and the text betrays his attachment to them.This Week’s Hot Reads: Sept. 2, 2013
September 2, 2013
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.Si Klegg, Book 5 (of 6)
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 Women of the Confederacy
J. L. Underwood
- food for horses or cattle, esp hay or straw
- the act of searching for food or provisions
- military a raid or incursion
- to search (the countryside or a town) for food, provisions, etc
- (intr) military to carry out a raid
- (tr) to obtain by searching about
- (tr) to give food or other provisions to
- (tr) to feed (cattle or horses) with such food
Word Origin and History for forager
late 14c., from Old French foragier, from forrage (see 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.
early 15c., from Middle French fourrager, from fourage (Old French forrage; see forage (n.)). Related: Foraged; foraging.