From Middle English forage, from Old French fourage, forage, a derivative of fuerre (“fodder, straw”), from Frankish *fōdar (“fodder, sheath”), from Proto-Germanic *fōdrą (“fodder, feed, sheath”), ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *peh₂- (“to protect, to feed”).
Cognate with Old High German fuotar (German Futter (“fodder, feed”)), Old English fōdor, fōþor (“food, fodder, covering, case, basket”), Dutch voeder (“forage, food, feed”), Danish foder (“fodder, feed”), Icelandic fóðr (“fodder, sheath”). More at fodder, food.
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈfɒɹ.ɪd͡ʒ/
- (General American) IPA(key): /ˈfoɹɪd͡ʒ/, [ˈfo̞ɹɪd͡ʒ]
- (NYC, Ireland) IPA(key): /ˈfɑɹɪd͡ʒ/
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- Rhymes: -ɒɹɪdʒ
- Fodder for animals, especially cattle and horses.
- 1820, Walter Scott, “[HTTP://BOOKS.GOOGLE.COM/BOOKS?ID=LDIRAAAAYAAJ&PG=PA410&DQ=FORAGE ?]”, in Ivanhoe; a Romance. […], volumes (please specify |volume=I to III), Edinburgh: […] Archibald Constable and Co.; London: Hurst, Robinson, and Co. […], →OCLC:
- “The hermit was apparently somewhat moved to compassion by the anxiety as well as address which the stranger displayed in tending his horse; for, muttering something about provender left for the keeper's palfrey, he dragged out of a recess a bundle of forage, which he spread before the knight's charger.
- An act or instance of foraging.
- 1803, John Marshall, The Life of George Washington:
- Mawhood completed his forage unmolested.
- (obsolete) The demand for fodder etc by an army from the local population
- To search for and gather food for animals, particularly cattle and horses.
- 1841, James Fenimore Cooper, chapter 8, in The Deerslayer:
- The message said that the party intended to hunt and forage through this region, for a month or two, afore it went back into the Canadas.
- To rampage through, gathering and destroying as one goes.
- 1599, William Shakespeare, “The Life of Henry the Fift”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies […] (First Folio), London: […] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, →OCLC, [Act I, scene ii]:
- And your great-uncle's, Edward the Black Prince, / Who on the French ground play'd a tragedy, / Making defeat on the full power of France, / Whiles his most mighty father on a hill / Stood smiling to behold his lion's whelp / Forage in blood of French nobility.
- To rummage.
- 1892, Robert Louis Stevenson, Lloyd Osbourne, “The Cabin of the ‘Flying Scud’”, in The Wrecker, London, Paris: Cassell & Company, […], →OCLC, page 218:
- Using the blankets for a basket, we sent up the books, instruments, and clothes to swell our growing midden on the deck; and then Nares, going on hands and knees, began to forage underneath the bed.
- Of an animal: to seek out and eat food.
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forage m (plural forages)
- drilling (act of drilling)
- “forage”, in Trésor de la langue française informatisé [Digitized Treasury of the French Language], 2012.
- forage (especially dry)
- English: forage