[fawr-jing, fohr-]


an act or instance of forging.
something forged; a piece of forged work in metal.

Origin of forging

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; see origin at forge1, -ing1


[fawrj, fohrj]

verb (used with object), forged, forg·ing.

to form by heating and hammering; beat into shape.
to form or make, especially by concentrated effort: to forge a friendship through mutual trust.
to imitate (handwriting, a signature, etc.) fraudulently; fabricate a forgery.

verb (used without object), forged, forg·ing.

to commit forgery.
to work at a forge.
(of a horse at a trot) to strike the forefeet with the shoes of the hind feet.


a special fireplace, hearth, or furnace in which metal is heated before shaping.
the workshop of a blacksmith; smithy.

Origin of forge

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

Synonyms for forge


[fawrj, fohrj]

verb (used without object), forged, forg·ing.

to move ahead slowly; progress steadily: to forge through dense underbrush.
to move ahead with increased speed and effectiveness (usually followed by ahead): to forge ahead and finish the work in a burst of energy.

Origin of forge

First recorded in 1605–15; origin uncertain Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for forging

Contemporary Examples of forging

Historical Examples of forging

  • Pete started ahead, forging his way through the thick growth.

  • He has lightened the burden of thought because he has shown us that the chains which we wear are of our own forging.



  • Their livelihood was for the most part derived from mining and forging iron.



  • He waved his hand, bawling, "Put your helm down—you're forging ahead!"

    The Frozen Pirate

    W. Clark Russell

  • A man goes to prison for stealing or forging, and so does a woman.

    Adam Johnstone's Son

    F. Marion Crawford

British Dictionary definitions for forging



the process of producing a metal component by hammering
the act of a forger
a metal component produced by this process
the collision of a horse's hind shoe and fore shoe




a place in which metal is worked by heating and hammering; smithy
a hearth or furnace used for heating metal
a machine used to shape metals by hammering


(tr) to shape (metal) by heating and hammering
(tr) to form, shape, make, or fashion (objects, articles, etc)
(tr) to invent or devise (an agreement, understanding, etc)
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



verb (intr)

to move at a steady and persevering pace
to increase speed; spurt

Word Origin for forge

C17: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for forging



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.



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.



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper