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.
- 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.
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)