fore-and-aft

[ fawr-uh nd-aft, -ahft, fohr- ]
/ ˈfɔr əndˈæft, -ˈɑft, ˈfoʊr- /
Nautical

adjective

located along or parallel to a line from the stem to the stern.

adverb

Origin of fore-and-aft

First recorded in 1610–20

Definition for fore and aft (2 of 2)

Origin of fore

1
by construal of fore- as an adj., 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 aphetic form of afore
Can be confusedfor fore four
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British Dictionary definitions for fore and aft (1 of 2)

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 and aft (2 of 2)

fore

2
/ (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
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Idioms and Phrases with fore and aft (1 of 2)

fore and aft


Both front and back, everywhere, as in The children clung to the teacher fore and aft. This expression is nautical terminology for the bow, or front, and the stern, or back, of a vessel. Today it is also used more broadly. [First half of 1600s]

Idioms and Phrases with fore and aft (2 of 2)

fore


In addition to the idioms beginning with fore

  • fore and aft

also see:

  • to the fore
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