[ fawrth-kuhm-ing, fohrth- ]
/ ˈfɔrθˈkʌm ɪŋ, ˈfoʊrθ- /


coming forth, or about to come forth; about to appear; approaching in time: the forthcoming concert.
ready or available when required or expected: He assured us that payment would be forthcoming.
frank and cooperative; candid: In his testimony, the senator could have been more forthcoming.
friendly and outgoing; sociable.


a coming forth; appearance.

Origin of forthcoming

First recorded in 1515–25; forth + coming
Related formsforth·com·ing·ness, nounun·forth·com·ing, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for forthcoming

British Dictionary definitions for forthcoming


/ (ˌfɔːθˈkʌmɪŋ) /


approaching in timethe forthcoming debate
about to appearhis forthcoming book
available or readythe money wasn't forthcoming
open or sociable
Derived Formsforthcomingness, noun
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Word Origin and History for forthcoming



"about to happen," 1530s; earlier was Old English forðcuman "to come forth, come to pass;" see forth + come (v.). Meaning "informative, responsive" is from 1835.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper