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Idioms about fore

    fore and aft, Nautical. in, at, or to both ends of a ship.
    to the fore,
    1. into a conspicuous place or position; to or at the front.
    2. at hand; ready; available.
    3. still alive.

Origin of fore

1
By construal of fore- as an adjective, hence nominalized; fore and aft perhaps as translation of Dutch or Low German; sense “before” (defs. 6, 9) perhaps continuation of Middle English, Old English fore in this sense, or as shortening of afore

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH fore

for, fore , four

Other definitions for fore (2 of 3)

fore2
[ fawr, fohr ]
/ fɔr, foʊr /

interjection Golf.
(used as a cry of warning to persons on a course who are in danger of being struck by the ball.)

Origin of fore

2
First recorded in 1875–80; probably shortening of before

Other definitions for fore (3 of 3)

fore-

a prefix meaning “before” (in space, time, condition, etc.), “front,” “superior,” etc.: forehead; forecastle; forecast; foretell; foreman.

Origin of fore-

Combining form representing Middle English, Old English for(e)
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WORDS THAT USE FORE-

What does fore- mean?

Fore– is a prefix meaning “before,” “front,” or “superior.” It is occasionally used in everyday and technical terms. In some terms, such as fore-check, the prefix is separated from the second element with a hyphen.

Fore– comes from Old English for(e), meaning “before” or “front.” The Latin cognate and translation is prae “before,” which is the source of pre, as in prefix and preposition. Learn more at our entry for each word.

Examples of fore-

One example of a word that you may have encountered that features the prefix fore– is forebode, “to foretell or predict; be an omen of; portend.”

The prefix fore– means “before.” The bode part of the word is a verb meaning “to be an omen of” or “portend,” from Old English bodian. Forebode literally means “to portend before (something).”

What are some words that use the prefix fore-?

What are some other forms that fore– may be commonly confused with?

Not every word that begins with the exact letters fore-, such as forensic or foreign, is necessarily using the prefix fore– to denote “before.” Learn why forensic means “rhetorical” at our entry for the word.

Break it down!

Given the meaning of the prefix fore-, what is foreknowledge?

How to use fore in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for fore (1 of 3)

Word Origin for fore

Old English; related to Old Saxon, Old High German fora, Gothic faura, Greek para, Sanskrit pura

British Dictionary definitions for fore (2 of 3)

fore2
/ (fɔː) /

interjection
(in golf) a warning shout made by a player about to make a shot

Word Origin for fore

C19: probably short for before

British Dictionary definitions for fore (3 of 3)

fore-

prefix
before in time or rankforesight; forefather; foreman
at or near the front; before in placeforehead; forecourt

Word Origin for fore-

Old English, from fore (adv)
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Other Idioms and Phrases with fore

fore

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