- onward or outward in place or space; forward: to come forth; go forth.
- onward in time, in order, or in a series: from that day forth.
- out, as from concealment or inaction; into view or consideration: The author's true point comes forth midway through the book.
- away, as from a place or country: to journey forth.
- Archaic. out of; forth from.
Origin of forth
- Firth of, an arm of the North Sea, in SE Scotland: estuary of Forth River. 48 miles (77 km) long.
- a river in S central Scotland, flowing E into the Firth of Forth. 116 miles (187 km) long.
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Contemporary Examples of forth
One of the kids had a ball in his hand, and Cuomo took it and tossed it back and forth to an eight year old.Mario Cuomo, Always Moving Us Toward the Light
January 4, 2015
There are a lot of people who go back and forth now and blend both approaches into their work.
In the 1950s, you had people like Richard Hofstadter and Arthur Schlesinger moving back and forth between the two worlds.
“He was back and forth to Maryland for a while but then she had enough,” the friend said.Alleged Cop Killer’s Blood-Soaked Screenplay
December 24, 2014
Lakes on Titan are full of methane, and the chemical is a major component of the giant planets Jupiter, Neptune, and so forth.Methane on Mars: Life or Just Gas?
Matthew R. Francis
December 17, 2014
Historical Examples of forth
The proprietors of the show may be dukes, and earls, and marquisses, and so forth.
What could the little bird mean by pouring it forth at midnight?Buds and Bird Voices (From "Mosses From An Old Manse")
There was a little pause, while the lawyer moved back and forth nervously.Within the Law
And then I'd like to sit and look at the trees sway back and forth in the wind.Thoroughbreds
W. A. Fraser
Still there was nothing like certainty; 'twas always best to be off wi' the old, an' so forth!Quaint Courtships
- forward in place, time, order, or degree
- out, as from concealment, seclusion, or inaction
- away, as from a place or country
- and so on; et cetera
- archaic out of; away from
Word Origin for forth
- Firth of Forth an inlet of the North Sea in SE Scotland: spanned by a cantilever railway bridge 1600 m (almost exactly 1 mile) long (1889), and by a road bridge (1964)
- a river in S Scotland, flowing generally east to the Firth of Forth. Length: about 104 km (65 miles)
Old English forð "forward, onward, further, continually," perfective of fore, from Proto-Germanic *furtha- (cf. Old Frisian, Old Saxon forth "forward, onward," Old Norse forð, Dutch voort, German fort), from PIE *prto-, from *pr-, from root *per- (1) "forward, through" (see per).
see and so forth; back and forth; bring forth; hold forth; put forth; set forth.