Related formshalf-for·got·ten, adjectivequa·si-for·got·ten, adjectiveun·for·got·ten, adjectivewell-for·got·ten, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for half-forgotten

Historical Examples of half-forgotten

  • The face of the strange woman was as the face of a half-forgotten friend.

  • Tell me about old, half-forgotten pictures or about young rose trees.'

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    Elizabeth Robins

  • The half-forgotten dreams of his youth appeared to be materializing.

  • Old deities were half-forgotten, and forgotten deities were resuscitated.

  • “Oh yes; but I had half-forgotten it in all this excitement,” said Cicely.

British Dictionary definitions for half-forgotten


  1. having been nearly forgottena half-forgotten dream


  1. a past participle of forget
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Word Origin and History for half-forgotten



early 15c., past participle adjective from forget.

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