- 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
SynonymsSee more synonyms for on Thesaurus.com
Related Wordsinroad, raid, invasion, descent, irruption, sortie, attack, depredation, reconnaissance, sally
Examples from the Web for foray
But Jeff, who began his foray into pot gastronomy as a hobby, is rapidly turning it into a full-time pot-repreneurial business.Meet the Julia Child of Weed
November 13, 2014
He claims his foray with smack was explicitly for research and meant to be short-term, but he became addicted.Five Journalists Who Did Drugs for Work
June 4, 2014
So far, Ready for Hillary's foray into off-year elections is mixed.Ready for Hillary Super PAC Throws In for 2014 Midterms
March 26, 2014
Hourani credits Grumbach for his foray into the haute couture world, first asking him to become an invited member of the Chambre.Rad Hourani, The First Unisex Couture Designer
January 29, 2014
This is the publication's first foray into eCommerce after launching a shopable holiday gift guide last year.Is Emilia Jardine-Paterson Kate Middleton’s Secret Stylist?; The Wall Street Journal Launches Online Shopping Platform
The Fashion Beast Team
November 5, 2013
Nor did such office of leader outlast a foray or a campaign.Life of Schamyl
John Milton Mackie
The foray was a crazy idea, and Shann wondered again why he had agreed to it.Storm Over Warlock
The season of the foray had opened and flocks must be guarded by day and night.Border Ghost Stories
He would not go to foray, after the fashion of outlaws, and there was no need of this.Eric Brighteyes
H. Rider Haggard
He determined, therefore, on every account, to make a foray into Macedon.Pyrrhus
- a short raid or incursion
- a first attempt or new undertaking
- to raid or ravage (a town, district, etc)
Word Origin and History for foray
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.