From Wiktionary, the free dictionary
Jump to navigation Jump to search



From Middle English [Term?], from Middle Dutch verslinden, from Old Dutch *farslindan (to devour), from Proto-West Germanic *fraslindan, from Proto-Germanic *fraslindaną (to devour), equivalent to for- +‎ Proto-Germanic *slindaną (to devour), from Proto-Indo-European *sel- (to sneak, creep). Cognate with Dutch verslinden (to devour), Middle Low German vorslinden (to devour, eat up), German verschlinden, verschlingen (to devour, swallow up), Gothic 𐍆𐍂𐌰𐍃𐌻𐌹𐌽𐌳𐌰𐌽 (fraslindan, to gobble, swallow, devour).


forsling (third-person singular simple present forslings, present participle forslinging, simple past forslung or forslong, past participle forslung or forslongen)

  1. (transitive, archaic) To swallow down; gobble up.
    • 1924, William John Thoms, Henry Morley, Roger Bacon, Early English Prose Romances:
      He hath waited by night and day in such wise that he hath stolen so many of my children that of fifteen I have but four, in such wise hath this thief forslongen them.