foreganger

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English foreganger, from Old English *foregangere, from foregangan (to go before, precede, go in front of, project, excel), equivalent to fore- +‎ ganger. Cognate with Scots foregangare (a foregoer), Dutch voorganger (a predecessor, progenitor), German Vorgänger (a predecessor, precursor), Swedish föregångare (a forerunner, precursor, progenitor).

Noun[edit]

foreganger (plural foregangers)

  1. (archaic, rare) One who or that which goes before; a forerunner; a harbinger; a predecessor.
  2. (nautical) A short rope grafted on a harpoon, to which a longer line may be attached.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Totten to this entry?)

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