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Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English forstelen, from Old English forstelan (to steal away, steal, rob, deprive), from Proto-Germanic *farstelaną, *frastelaną (to steal, steal away), equivalent to for- +‎ steal. Cognate with Middle Low German vorstelen (to steal away), Middle High German ferstelan (to steal away).


forsteal (third-person singular simple present forsteals, present participle forstealing, simple past forstole, past participle forstolen)

  1. (transitive, obsolete) To steal away, rob, deprive.

Etymology 2[edit]

Variant of forestall.


forsteal (plural forsteals)

  1. Obsolete form of forestall.