forebear

[fawr-bair, fohr-]

noun

Usually forebears. ancestors; forefathers.

Nearby words

  1. fore-topmast,
  2. fore-topsail,
  3. forearm,
  4. forearm smash,
  5. forearmed,
  6. forebode,
  7. foreboding,
  8. forebody,
  9. forebrain,
  10. forecaddie

Also forbear.

Origin of forebear

1425–75; Middle English (Scots), equivalent to fore- fore- + -bear being, variant of beer; see be, -er1

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British Dictionary definitions for forebears

forebear

forbear

noun

an ancestor; forefather
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Word Origin and History for forebears

forebear

see forbear. Related: Forebearance; forebears.

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