[ 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.

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for forebodingly

British Dictionary definitions for forebodingly


/ (fɔːˈbəʊdɪŋ) /


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


presaging something
Derived Formsforebodingly, adverbforebodingness, noun

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Word Origin and History for forebodingly



late 14c., "a predilection, portent, omen," from fore- + verbal noun from bode. Meaning "sense of something bad about to happen" is from c.1600. Old English forebodung meant "prophecy."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper