forge

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[fawrj, fohrj]
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verb (used with object), forged, forg·ing.
  1. to form by heating and hammering; beat into shape.
  2. to form or make, especially by concentrated effort: to forge a friendship through mutual trust.
  3. to imitate (handwriting, a signature, etc.) fraudulently; fabricate a forgery.
verb (used without object), forged, forg·ing.
  1. to commit forgery.
  2. to work at a forge.
  3. (of a horse at a trot) to strike the forefeet with the shoes of the hind feet.
noun
  1. a special fireplace, hearth, or furnace in which metal is heated before shaping.
  2. the workshop of a blacksmith; smithy.

Origin of forge

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1250–1300; Middle English forgen < Old French forgier < Latin fabricāre to fabricate; see fabric
Related formsforge·a·ble, adjectiveforg·er, nounre·forge·a·ble, adjectiveun·forge·a·ble, adjective

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Related Words for forger

counterfeiter

Examples from the Web for forger

Contemporary Examples of forger

Historical Examples of forger

  • The forger smiled, and there was malignant triumph in his expression.

    Within the Law

    Marvin Dana

  • The forger repeated the words with an inflection that was gloating.

    Within the Law

    Marvin Dana

  • There was an indescribable menace in the forger's half-uttered threat.

    Within the Law

    Marvin Dana

  • The forger of such a thunderbolt could not remain hid from the eyes of Europe.

  • All the world has heard of me, from the Havannah to Guajuaqualla, as the poisoner and the forger!

    Confessions Of Con Cregan

    Charles James Lever


British Dictionary definitions for forger

forge

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noun
  1. a place in which metal is worked by heating and hammering; smithy
  2. a hearth or furnace used for heating metal
  3. a machine used to shape metals by hammering
verb
  1. (tr) to shape (metal) by heating and hammering
  2. (tr) to form, shape, make, or fashion (objects, articles, etc)
  3. (tr) to invent or devise (an agreement, understanding, etc)
  4. to make or produce a fraudulent imitation of (a signature, banknote, etc) or to commit forgery
Derived Formsforgeable, adjectiveforger, noun

Word Origin for forge

C14: from Old French forgier to construct, from Latin fabricāre, from faber craftsman

forge

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verb (intr)
  1. to move at a steady and persevering pace
  2. to increase speed; spurt

Word Origin for forge

C17: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for forger
n.

late 14c., "a maker, a smith," agent noun from forge (v.). Meaning "a counterfeiter" is from 1550s.

forge

n.

late 14c., "a smithy," from Old French forge (12c.) "forge, smithy," earlier faverge, from Latin fabrica "workshop," from faber (genitive fabri) "workman in hard materials, smith" (see fabric). As the heating apparatus itself, from late 15c.

forge

v.2

1610s, "make way, move ahead," of unknown origin, perhaps an alteration of force (v.), but perhaps rather from forge (n.), via notion of steady hammering at something. Originally nautical, in reference to vessels.

forge

v.1

c.1300, "to make, shape, create," from Old French forgier, from Latin fabricari "to frame, construct, build," from fabrica "workshop" (see forge (n.)). Meaning "to counterfeit" is early 14c. Related: Forged; forging.

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