Dictionary.com

foreboding

[ fawr-boh-ding, fohr- ]
/ fɔrˈboʊ dɪŋ, foʊr- /
Save This Word!

noun
a prediction; portent.
a strong inner feeling or notion of a future misfortune, evil, etc.; presentiment.
adjective
that forebodes, especially evil.
QUIZ
WILL YOU SAIL OR STUMBLE ON THESE GRAMMAR QUESTIONS?
Smoothly step over to these common grammar mistakes that trip many people up. Good luck!
Question 1 of 7
Fill in the blank: I can’t figure out _____ gave me this gift.

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
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use foreboding in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for foreboding

foreboding
/ (fɔːˈbəʊdɪŋ) /

noun
a feeling of impending evil, disaster, etc
an omen or portent
adjective
presaging something

Derived forms of foreboding

forebodingly, adverbforebodingness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
FEEDBACK