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[fawr-top, fohr-; for 1 also Nautical fawr-tuh p, fohr-]
  1. a platform at the head of a fore lower mast of a ship.
  2. the forelock of an animal, especially a horse.
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Origin of foretop

First recorded in 1250–1300, foretop is from the Middle English word fortop. See fore-, top1
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Historical Examples of foretop

  • Take her from foretop to fetlocks, she's as lovely as a diamond flush.

    Faro Nell and Her Friends

    Alfred Henry Lewis

  • There were nine or ten men in the foretop, all lashed and huddled together.

    Heroes of the Goodwin Sands

    Thomas Stanley Treanor

  • We could not see the splash from the bridge, nor could they in the foretop.

    The U-boat hunters

    James B. Connolly

  • “On our starboard beam, sir,” sang out Masters from the foretop.

    The Ghost Ship

    John C. Hutcheson

  • Whenever I have a mind for a filbert, I have only to shake my foretop.

British Dictionary definitions for foretop


  1. nautical a platform at the top of the foremast
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