- 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 foragers
Like storm chasers, Alaskan crabbers, and catfish noodlers, foragers come with their own sets of customs and rules.This Week’s Hot Reads: Sept. 2, 2013
September 2, 2013
Morel Mushroom Toasts by Alice Waters The official mushroom of Minnesota, the morel is a particular spring prize for foragers.5 Recipes for Foraged Foods
April 20, 2010
The consequence might have been serious had provisions not been found by a party of foragers.Heroes of the Telegraph
But what became of the families of the habitans after this swoop of your foragers?The Golden Dog
This was the way Powell's Valley was opened to our foragers.Andersonville, Volume 1
"Margaret will laugh at our exploits as foragers," said Hugh.The Kangaroo Hunters
Farmers were on small rations, and the foragers had quit looking for what did not exist.Hugh Wynne, Free Quaker
S. Weir Mitchell
- 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 foragers
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.