[ fawr-boh-ding, fohr- ]
/ fɔrˈboʊ dɪŋ, foʊr- /


a prediction; portent.
a strong inner feeling or notion of a future misfortune, evil, etc.; presentiment.


that forebodes, especially evil.

Origin of foreboding

1350–1400; Middle English forbodyng (noun); see forebode, -ing1, -ing2
Related formsfore·bod·ing·ly, adverbfore·bod·ing·ness, nounun·fore·bod·ing, adjective
Can be confusedforbidding foreboding

Definition for foreboding (2 of 2)


[ 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.

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 foreboding (1 of 2)


/ (fɔːˈbəʊdɪŋ) /


a feeling of impending evil, disaster, etc
an omen or portent


presaging something
Derived Formsforebodingly, adverbforebodingness, noun

British Dictionary definitions for foreboding (2 of 2)


/ (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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