[fawr-i-jing, for-]


the acquisition of food by hunting, fishing, or the gathering of plant matter.


characterized by or dependent upon the acquisition of food by such means; food-gathering: a foraging people.

Nearby words

  1. fora,
  2. forage,
  3. forage cap,
  4. forage mite,
  5. forager,
  6. foraging ant,
  7. foraker,
  8. foram,
  9. foramen,
  10. foramen cecum medullae oblongatae


[fawr-ij, for-]


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.

verb (used without object), for·aged, for·ag·ing.

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.

verb (used with object), for·aged, for·ag·ing.

to collect forage from; strip of supplies; plunder: to forage the countryside.
to supply with forage.
to obtain by foraging.

Origin of forage

1275–1325; Middle English < Old French fourrage, derivative of fuerre fodder (from Germanic)

Related formsfor·ag·er, nounun·for·aged, adjective

Synonym study

1. See feed. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for foraging



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
Derived Formsforager, noun

Word Origin for forage

C14: from Old French fourrage, probably of Germanic origin; see food, fodder

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