[fawrth-kuhm-ing, fohrth-]
  1. coming forth, or about to come forth; about to appear; approaching in time: the forthcoming concert.
  2. ready or available when required or expected: He assured us that payment would be forthcoming.
  3. frank and cooperative; candid: In his testimony, the senator could have been more forthcoming.
  4. friendly and outgoing; sociable.
  1. 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. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for forthcomingness


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



"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.

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