- of or relating to a foremast.
- noting a sail, yard, boom, etc., or any rigging belonging to a fore lower mast or to some upper mast of a foremast.
- noting any stay running aft and upward to the head of a fore lower mast or to some specified upper mast of a foremast: fore topmast stay.
- situated at or toward the bow of a vessel; forward.
- into a conspicuous place or position; to or at the front.
- at hand; ready; available.
- still alive.
Origin of fore1
Origin of fore2
Origin of fore-
Related Words for foreforward, ante, ahead, before, beforehand, near, previous, antecedently, nearest
Examples from the Web for fore
Contemporary Examples of fore
Since then, the rising gap between the rich and middle- and lower-income families has risen to the fore.Christie Blames Parents for Bad Economy
January 3, 2015
In talking to experts in the field, only a few women immediately came to the fore.Science-Fiction TV Finds a New Muse: Feminism
November 29, 2014
Usually, though, old-fashioned Liberalism is very much at the fore in Puck.The Magazine That Made—and Unmade—Politicians
November 2, 2014
The fore and aft have beautiful decks carved into them, and windows from various rooms too: it looks like a floating Apple device.The World's Most Beautiful Boat—Yours for Half a Billion Dollars
October 19, 2014
But this is the sort of mentality that comes to the fore in a bubble.Tesla Looks Like a Bubble, Will It Pop?
March 1, 2014
Historical Examples of fore
I am quick to love, and quick to hate and 'fore God I am loth to part.The White Company
Arthur Conan Doyle
Up goes the black flag, and the skull and crossbones to the fore.Howard Pyle's Book of Pirates
Fore and aft were circular partitions of steel, like drumheads.The Cruise of the Dry Dock
T. S. Stribling
Then I should hae objections—mair nor ane—to put to the fore!Salted With Fire
"Guess I'd pulled eberyting 'fore the ants got over," suggested Willie.
- to or into the front or conspicuous position
- Scot and Irishalive or activeis your grandfather still to the fore?
Word Origin for fore
Word Origin for fore
Word Origin for fore-
Old English fore (prep.) "before, in front of;" (adv.) "before, previously," common Germanic (cf. Old High German fora, Old Frisian fara, German vor, Gothic faiura, Old Norse fyrr "for"); from PIE *pr-, from root *per- (1) "forward, through" (see per).
As a noun, from 1630s. The warning cry in golf is first recorded 1878, probably a contraction of before.
mid-15c., "forward;" late 15c., "former, earlier;" early 16c., "at the front;" all senses apparently from fore- compounds, which frequently were written as two words in Middle English.
from fore (adv.), which was used as a prefix in Old English and other Germanic languages with a sense of "before in time, rank, position," etc., or designating the front part or earliest time.
In addition to the idioms beginning with fore
- fore and aft
- to the fore