- ( US ) IPA: [ˈfɔɹ.wɝd]
- ( UK ) IPA: [ˈfɔː.wɜd]
- Homophone: foreword
- Hyphenation: for‧ward
- Toward the front or at the front .
- Without customary restraint
- ( finance ) Expected in the future .
- The superlative forwardmost can be used for the "toward or at the front" sense. There does not appear to be a "forwardmore" .
- ( at the front ): anterior, front
- ( without customary restraint ): fresh, impertinent
- ( expected in the future ): forecast, predicted
- Towards the front or from the front .
- In the usual direction of travel .
- Into the future .
- ( towards the front ): forwards
- ( in the usual direction of travel ): ahead, forth, on, onward, onwards
- ( into the future ): forth, forwards, hereon, on, onward, onwards
- ( towards the front ): back, backward, backwards, rearwards
- ( in the usual direction of travel ): back, backward, backwards, rearwards, in reverse
- ( in the future ): backward, backwards, into the past
- ( transitive ) To send ( something received ) to a third party .
- ( rugby ) one of the eight players whose primary task is to maintain possession of the ball ( compare back )
- ( soccer ) A player on a team in football ( soccer ) in the row nearest to the opposing team's goal, who are therefore principally responsible for scoring goals .
- ( ice hockey ) An umbrella term for a centre or winger in ice hockey .
- ( basketball ) The small forward or power forward position; two frontcourt positions that are taller than guards but shorter than centers .
- ( nautical ) The front part of a vessel .
- ( Internet ) An e-mail message that is forwarded to another recipient or recipients; an electronic chain letter.
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From Middle English, from Old English foreweard ( “condition, bargain, agreement, contract, treaty, assurance” ), equivalent to fore- + ward ( “ward, keeping” ). Cognate with Scots forward ( “covenant, compact” ), Dutch voorwaarde ( “condition, terms, proviso, stipulation” ). More at fore-, ward .
From Middle English foreward, from Old English foreweard ( “forward, inclined to the front, fore, early, former” ), from Proto-Germanic *fura- ( “fore-” ), *warþaz ( “turned” ), equivalent to fore + -ward. Cognate with Dutch voorwaarts ( “forward” ), German vorwärts ( “forward” ) .
Explanation of forward by Wordnet Dictionary
- he faced forward
- step forward
- in a forward gear