foreboding

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

noun

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

adjective

that forebodes, especially evil.

Origin of foreboding

1350–1400; Middle English forbodyng (noun); see forebode, -ing1, -ing2

OTHER WORDS FROM foreboding

fore·bod·ing·ly, adverbfore·bod·ing·ness, nounun·fore·bod·ing, adjective

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH foreboding

forbidding foreboding

Definition for foreboding (2 of 2)

forebode
[ 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

OTHER WORDS FROM forebode

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

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH forebode

forbade forbid forbidden forebode
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British Dictionary definitions for foreboding (1 of 2)

foreboding
/ (fɔːˈbəʊdɪŋ) /

noun

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

adjective

presaging something

Derived forms of foreboding

forebodingly, adverbforebodingness, noun

British Dictionary definitions for foreboding (2 of 2)

forebode
/ (fɔːˈbəʊd) /

verb

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

Derived forms of forebode

foreboder, noun
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