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Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English forthgang, forthgong, from Old English forþgang (a going forth, progress, advance, success, privy, drain, purging, evacuation), from Proto-Germanic *furþa- (forth), *gangaz (going), equivalent to forth- +‎ gang. Cognate with Dutch voortgang (progress, advancement, process, movement), German Fortgang (progress), Swedish fortgång (progression).


forthgang (plural forthgangs)

  1. (obsolete) A going forth; progression; advancement.
  2. (UK dialectal) The entertainment given a bride at the departure of her own, or her father's, house.

Etymology 2[edit]

From Middle English forthgangen, from Old English forþgangan (to go forth), equivalent to forth- +‎ gang.


forthgang (third-person singular simple present forthgangs, present participle forthganging, simple past and past participle forthganged)

  1. (intransitive, obsolete) To go forth.

Middle English[edit]


From Old English forþgang (a going forth, progress), from Proto-Germanic *furþ-gangaz (a going forth, advancement). Cognate with Old Frisian forþgong (progress). Surface analysis is forth- +‎ gang; see these for more.


forthgang (plural forthgangs)

  1. a going forth, progress.