[fawr-stik, fohr-]


the front log in a wood fire, as in a fireplace.

Origin of forestick

An Americanism dating back to 1785–95; fore- + stick1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for forestick

Historical Examples of forestick

  • Before the forestick had burned in two, she heard him coming, but he was not alone.

  • The bright flame on the forestick, which Ralph had been watching, flickered and burned low.

    The Hoosier Schoolmaster

    Edward Eggleston

  • On a fire well started thus between backlog and forestick he may pile such dry, hard wood as he has at hand.

    Old Plymouth Trails

    Winthrop Packard

  • Backlog and forestick were soon piled and kindlings laid, and the fire roared and snapped and crackled up the ample chimney.

    Poganuc People

    Harriet Beecher Stowe

  • Large stones were sometimes used instead of a backlog, and an iron bar was laid on the andirons in front of the forestick.