[fawrth-kuhm-ing, fohrth-]


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.

Nearby words

  1. fortas, abe,
  2. forte,
  3. forte-piano,
  4. fortepiano,
  5. forth,
  6. forthright,
  7. forthwith,
  8. forties,
  9. fortieth,
  10. fortification

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



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