[fawr-boh-ding, fohr-]


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


that forebodes, especially evil.

Nearby words

  1. forearm,
  2. forearm smash,
  3. forearmed,
  4. forebear,
  5. forebode,
  6. forebody,
  7. forebrain,
  8. forecaddie,
  9. forecast,
  10. forecaster

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


[fawr-bohd, fohr-]

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



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


presaging something
Derived Formsforebodingly, adverbforebodingness, noun



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 foreboding
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