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From Middle English forwounden, forwunden, from Old English forwundian (to wound), from Proto-Germanic *frawundōną (to wound, injure), equivalent to for- +‎ wound. Cognate with Middle Low German vorwunden (to forwound), Dutch verwonden (to injure, hurt, wound, gore), German verwunden (to wound, injure). More at for-, wound.


forwound (third-person singular simple present forwounds, present participle forwounding, simple past and past participle forwounded)

  1. (transitive, obsolete) To wound or injure severely.
    • 1894, Sir Mungo William MacCallum, Tennyson's Idylls of the King and Arthurian story from the XVIth century:
      And Arthur was forwounded with a broad spear of slaughter; fifteen cruel wounds had he, in the least one might thrust two gloves.