forthcoming

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Etymology 1[edit]

The adjective is derived from forth (forwards) + coming (approaching (adjective));[1] or from Middle English forth commyng, *forthcominge, present participle of forth-comen (to come forth; to appear, issue), from Old English forþcuman, forþ-cuman (to come forth, come forward) (present participle *forþcumende),[2] from forþ- (forth; forward) (ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *per- (before, in front; first)) + cuman (to come) (ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *gʷem- (to step)). Compare Dutch voortkomend (coming forth, originating from (verb)), German fortkommend (getting away; progressing (verb)).

The noun is derived from forth (forwards) + coming (arrival).[3]

Adjective[edit]

forthcoming (comparative more forthcoming, superlative most forthcoming)

  1. (not comparable) Approaching or about to take place.
    Synonyms: imminent, impending; see also Thesaurus:impending
    I shall vote in the forthcoming election.
    • 2011 October 1, David Ornstein, “Blackburn 0 – 4 Man City”, in BBC Sport[1], archived from the original on 15 July 2019:
      The visitors began to hold a much higher line, passing and moving with greater urgency, and their reward was forthcoming.
  2. Available when needed; in place, ready.
    Antonym: unforthcoming
    The money was not forthcoming.
  3. Willing to co-operate or provide information; candid, frank, responsive.
    Once I explained why I needed to know, she was really forthcoming.
    • 1991, David Michael Kaplan, Skating in the Dark, New York, N.Y.: Pantheon Books, →ISBN, page 145:
      So the lawyer talks to him, and tries to get the details of the case, but the guy's not really forthcoming, you know, he won't say exactly where he lives, won't give any names, and the lawyer is thinking something's funny, but still there's real panic [...]
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Noun[edit]

forthcoming (plural forthcomings)

  1. An act of coming forth.
  2. Something that is yet to come.
    • 1831, Archibald Mackerrell, “Appendix”, in An Apology for the Gift of Tongues and Interpretation, at Present Manifested in the Church of Christ [] and the Words of a Vision of Prophecy Given to the Church in A.D. 1830, Greenock, Renfrewshire: W. Johnston, OCLC 771672225, page 22:
      The reader, has had presented to him things not belonging to time or mortality, but awful realities issuing out from eternity, the audible forthcomings of a present living God.

Etymology 2[edit]

From forthcome +‎ -ing.[4]

Verb[edit]

forthcoming

  1. present participle of forthcome

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