[ fawr-bohd, fohr- ]
/ fɔrˈboʊd, foʊr- /

verb (used with object), fore·bod·ed, fore·bod·ing.

to foretell or predict; be an omen of; indicate beforehand; portend: clouds that forebode a storm.
to have a strong inner feeling or notion of (a future misfortune, evil, catastrophe, etc.); have a presentiment of.

verb (used without object), fore·bod·ed, fore·bod·ing.

to prophesy.
to have a presentiment.

Nearby words

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

Origin of forebode

First recorded in 1595–1605; fore- + bode1

Related formsfore·bod·er, nounun·fore·bod·ed, adjective

Can be confusedforbade forbid forbidden forebode Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for forebode


/ (fɔːˈbəʊd) /


to warn of or indicate (an event, result, etc) in advance
to have an intuition or premonition of (an event)
Derived Formsforeboder, noun

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Word Origin and History for forebode



"feel a secret premonition," c.1600, from fore- + bode. Related: Foreboded; foreboding. Old English forebodian meant "to announce, declare."

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