- 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
Related Wordsrummage, comb, scour, scrounge, pilfer, rake, raid, grub, beat, hunt, ravage, plunder, explore, seek, ransack
Examples from the Web for forage
Make him forage, dig it out of the ice, catch the occasional live trout.A Eulogy for Gus, Central Park’s Polar Bear Man of Mystery
August 30, 2013
They raise cattle on the grassland, and sow the other half in wheat and forage for the herd.The Texas Drought Seen Firsthand from the Eyes of Ranchers
August 9, 2012
They go to the grocery store dumpster to forage for food, find potatoes, butter, and celery.Food Writers Share Thanksgiving Stories
November 24, 2011
Forage for our horses is also abundant in all the neighboring plantations.Three Years in the Federal Cavalry
It was a unique experience for cavalrymen and they had not yet learned how to forage.Personal Recollections of a Cavalryman
J. H. (James Harvey) Kidd
It is not so much the getting the forage as the amount of accounting that is involved.War Letters of a Public-School Boy
Torch had been put to the camp; all the Federal tents and forage and stores were burning.
His eyes made just a glint of blue light below the forage cap.
- 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 forage
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.