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[fawr-ey, for-ey]
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  1. a quick raid, usually for the purpose of taking plunder: Vikings made a foray on the port.
  2. a quick, sudden attack: The defenders made a foray outside the walls.
  3. an initial venture: a successful foray into politics.
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verb (used without object)
  1. to make a raid; pillage; maraud.
  2. to invade or make one's way, as for profit or adventure: foreign industries foraying into U.S. markets.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to ravage in search of plunder; pillage.
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Origin of foray

1350–1400; Middle English forraien, apparently by back formation from forrayour, forreour, forrier < Old French forrier, fourrier, equivalent to fo(u)rr(er), derivative of fuerre provender (see forage) + -ier -ier2
Related formsfor·ay·er, noun

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Related Words for forayed

raid, violate, plunder, pillage, ravage, occupy, breach, storm, infect, penetrate, loot, infest, overrun, swamp, overwhelm, rout, massacre, devastate, rob, liberate

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Historical Examples of forayed

  • I surely have hunted and forayed and fought all the days of my life.

    The Sea-Wolf

    Jack London

  • I wonder how many people thought of this when Englishmen "forayed Gaza" just before Easter, 1917?

  • He chose North Adams as his headquarters, and forayed thence in various directions over a radius of twenty miles.

    Hawthorne and His Circle

    Julian Hawthorne

British Dictionary definitions for forayed


  1. a short raid or incursion
  2. a first attempt or new undertaking
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  1. to raid or ravage (a town, district, etc)
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Derived Formsforayer, noun

Word Origin for foray

C14: from forrayen to pillage, from Old French forreier, from forrier forager, from fuerre fodder; see forage
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Word Origin and History for forayed



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.

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