- to form by heating and hammering; beat into shape.
- to form or make, especially by concentrated effort: to forge a friendship through mutual trust.
- to imitate (handwriting, a signature, etc.) fraudulently; fabricate a forgery.
- to commit forgery.
- to work at a forge.
- (of a horse at a trot) to strike the forefeet with the shoes of the hind feet.
- a special fireplace, hearth, or furnace in which metal is heated before shaping.
- the workshop of a blacksmith; smithy.
Origin of forge1
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Examples from the Web for forger
If we wondered where a forger would get the materials to forge a text like this, we need look no further than eBay.Dismembering History: The Shady Online Trade in Ancient Texts
November 23, 2014
But the true forgery—like the work of Han van Meegeren, the Dutch World War 2-era forger of Vermeer—is actually very rare.Are Over Half the Works on the Art Market Really Fakes?
October 17, 2014
Sutherland had unwittingly purchased the paintings from a forger in California on eBay.Why eBay Is an Art Forger’s Paradise
August 19, 2014
Of course these are derivative, too, almost as though Serra were his own pupil, or a forger of his own pieces.Iron Man XVII
January 24, 2014
The Daily Pic, Met Monday Edition: A forger's Rembrandt may carry us back to the master's own day.Can A Fake Be As Good As Real?
November 4, 2013
The forger smiled, and there was malignant triumph in his expression.
The forger repeated the words with an inflection that was gloating.
There was an indescribable menace in the forger's half-uttered threat.
The forger of such a thunderbolt could not remain hid from the eyes of Europe.Dreamers of the Ghetto
All the world has heard of me, from the Havannah to Guajuaqualla, as the poisoner and the forger!Confessions Of Con Cregan
Charles James Lever
- a place in which metal is worked by heating and hammering; smithy
- a hearth or furnace used for heating metal
- a machine used to shape metals by hammering
- (tr) to shape (metal) by heating and hammering
- (tr) to form, shape, make, or fashion (objects, articles, etc)
- (tr) to invent or devise (an agreement, understanding, etc)
- to make or produce a fraudulent imitation of (a signature, banknote, etc) or to commit forgery
- to move at a steady and persevering pace
- to increase speed; spurt
Word Origin and History for forger
late 14c., "a maker, a smith," agent noun from forge (v.). Meaning "a counterfeiter" is from 1550s.
late 14c., "a smithy," from Old French forge (12c.) "forge, smithy," earlier faverge, from Latin fabrica "workshop," from faber (genitive fabri) "workman in hard materials, smith" (see fabric). As the heating apparatus itself, from late 15c.
c.1300, "to make, shape, create," from Old French forgier, from Latin fabricari "to frame, construct, build," from fabrica "workshop" (see forge (n.)). Meaning "to counterfeit" is early 14c. Related: Forged; forging.