- a quick raid, usually for the purpose of taking plunder: Vikings made a foray on the port.
- a quick, sudden attack: The defenders made a foray outside the walls.
- an initial venture: a successful foray into politics.
- to make a raid; pillage; maraud.
- to invade or make one's way, as for profit or adventure: foreign industries foraying into U.S. markets.
- to ravage in search of plunder; pillage.
Origin of foray
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Examples from the Web for forayed
I surely have hunted and forayed and fought all the days of my life.The Sea-Wolf
I wonder how many people thought of this when Englishmen "forayed Gaza" just before Easter, 1917?A History of the French Novel, Vol. 1
He chose North Adams as his headquarters, and forayed thence in various directions over a radius of twenty miles.Hawthorne and His Circle
- a short raid or incursion
- a first attempt or new undertaking
- to raid or ravage (a town, district, etc)
Word Origin and History for forayed
late 14c., Scottish, from the verb (14c.), perhaps a back-formation of Middle English forreyer "raider, forager" (mid-14c.), from Old French forrier, from forrer "to forage" (see forage (n.)). Disused by 18c.; revived by Scott.