[ fawrd, fohrd ]
/ fɔrd, foʊrd /


a place where a river or other body of water is shallow enough to be crossed by wading.

verb (used with object)

to cross (a river, stream, etc.) at a ford.

Origin of ford

before 900; Middle English (noun), Old English; cognate with Old Frisian forda, German Furt; akin to Old Norse fjǫrthr, fare, port1

Related forms

ford·a·ble, adjectiveun·ford·a·ble, adjectiveun·ford·ed, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for fordable

British Dictionary definitions for fordable (1 of 2)


/ (fɔːd) /


a shallow area in a river that can be crossed by car, horseback, etc


(tr) to cross (a river, brook, etc) over a shallow area

Derived Forms

fordable, adjective

Word Origin for ford

Old English; related to Old Frisian forda, Old High German furt ford, Latin porta door, portus port 1

British Dictionary definitions for fordable (2 of 2)


/ (fɔːd) /


Ford Maddox (ˈmædəks) original name Ford Madox Hueffer . 1873–1939, English novelist, editor, and critic; works include The Good Soldier (1915) and the war tetralogy Parade's End (1924–28).
Gerald R (udolph). 1913–2006, US politician; 38th president of the US (1974–77)
Harrison . born 1942, US film actor. His films include Star Wars (1977) and its sequels, Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) and its sequels, Bladerunner (1982), Clear and Present Danger (1994), and What Lies Beneath (2000)
Henry . 1863–1947, US car manufacturer, who pioneered mass production
John . 1586–?1639, English dramatist; author of revenge tragedies such as 'Tis Pity She's a Whore (1633)
John, real name Sean O'Feeney . 1895–1973, US film director, esp of Westerns such as Stagecoach (1939) and She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (1949)
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