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Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English forthcomen, from Old English forþcuman (to come forth, proceed, arrive at, succeed, come to pass, come true, be born), from Proto-Germanic *furþa- (forth), *kwemaną (to come), equivalent to forth- +‎ come.


forthcome (third-person singular simple present forthcomes, present participle forthcoming, simple past forthcame, past participle forthcome)

  1. To come forth.
    • 1996, David Foster Wallace, Girl with curious hair:
      The crowd slowly dissolved as news from doctors and Service upstairs failed to forthcome.
    • 1903, Jack London, The people of the abyss:
      By dropping a penny in the slot, the gas was forthcoming, and when a penny's worth had forthcome the supply was automatically shut off.
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Etymology 2[edit]

From Middle English, from Old English forþcyme (a forthcoming), from Proto-Germanic *furþa- (forth), *kumiz (coming), equivalent to forth- +‎ come. Cognate with German Fortkommen (advancement).


forthcome (plural forthcomes)

  1. (obsolete) A coming forth.