- situated at or toward the front, as compared with something else.
- first in place, time, order, rank, etc.; forward; earlier.
- of or relating to a foremast.
- noting a sail, yard, boom, etc., or any rigging belonging to a fore lower mast or to some upper mast of a foremast.
- noting any stay running aft and upward to the head of a fore lower mast or to some specified upper mast of a foremast: fore topmast stay.
- situated at or toward the bow of a vessel; forward.
- the forepart of anything; front.
- the fore, Nautical. the foremast.
- Also 'fore. Informal. before.
- fore and aft, Nautical. in, at, or to both ends of a ship.
- to the fore,
- into a conspicuous place or position; to or at the front.
- at hand; ready; available.
- still alive.
Origin of fore1
- (used as a cry of warning to persons on a course who are in danger of being struck by the ball.)
Origin of fore2
- a prefix meaning “before” (in space, time, condition, etc.), “front,” “superior,” etc.: forehead; forecastle; forecast; foretell; foreman.
Origin of fore-
Examples from the Web for fore
Since then, the rising gap between the rich and middle- and lower-income families has risen to the fore.Christie Blames Parents for Bad Economy
January 3, 2015
In talking to experts in the field, only a few women immediately came to the fore.Science-Fiction TV Finds a New Muse: Feminism
November 29, 2014
Usually, though, old-fashioned Liberalism is very much at the fore in Puck.The Magazine That Made—and Unmade—Politicians
November 2, 2014
The fore and aft have beautiful decks carved into them, and windows from various rooms too: it looks like a floating Apple device.The World's Most Beautiful Boat—Yours for Half a Billion Dollars
October 19, 2014
But this is the sort of mentality that comes to the fore in a bubble.Tesla Looks Like a Bubble, Will It Pop?
March 1, 2014
I am quick to love, and quick to hate and 'fore God I am loth to part.The White Company
Arthur Conan Doyle
Up goes the black flag, and the skull and crossbones to the fore.Howard Pyle's Book of Pirates
Fore and aft were circular partitions of steel, like drumheads.The Cruise of the Dry Dock
T. S. Stribling
Then I should hae objections—mair nor ane—to put to the fore!Salted With Fire
"Guess I'd pulled eberyting 'fore the ants got over," suggested Willie.
- (usually in combination) located at, in, or towards the frontthe forelegs of a horse
- the front part
- something located at, in, or towards the front
- short for foremast
- fore and aft located at or directed towards both ends of a vessela fore-and-aft rig
- to the fore
- to or into the front or conspicuous position
- Scot and Irishalive or activeis your grandfather still to the fore?
- at or towards a ship's bow
- obsolete before
- a less common word for before
- (in golf) a warning shout made by a player about to make a shot
- before in time or rankforesight; forefather; foreman
- at or near the front; before in placeforehead; forecourt
Word Origin and History for fore
Old English fore (prep.) "before, in front of;" (adv.) "before, previously," common Germanic (cf. Old High German fora, Old Frisian fara, German vor, Gothic faiura, Old Norse fyrr "for"); from PIE *pr-, from root *per- (1) "forward, through" (see per).
As a noun, from 1630s. The warning cry in golf is first recorded 1878, probably a contraction of before.
mid-15c., "forward;" late 15c., "former, earlier;" early 16c., "at the front;" all senses apparently from fore- compounds, which frequently were written as two words in Middle English.
from fore (adv.), which was used as a prefix in Old English and other Germanic languages with a sense of "before in time, rank, position," etc., or designating the front part or earliest time.