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From Middle English vorloken, forluken, equivalent to fore- +‎ look.


  • IPA(key): /fɔɹˈlʊk/ (verb)
  • IPA(key): /ˈfɔɹlʊk/ (noun)


forelook (third-person singular simple present forelooks, present participle forelooking, simple past and past participle forelooked)

  1. To look beforehand, to preview.
  2. To look forward.


forelook (plural forelooks)

  1. A preview.
    • 1859 September, Edward Everett Hale, "My Double; and How He Undid Me," Atlantic Monthly:
      [T]o do one's best on Sunday to interweave that thought with the active life of an active town, and to inspirit both and make both infinite by glimpses of the Eternal Glory, seemed such an exquisite forelook into one's life! . . . If this vision could only have lasted.
  2. Someone or something previewed.

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