- (RP) IPA: /fɔː/
- (America) IPA: /fɔɹ/
- (rhotic, horse-hoarse) IPA: /fo(ː)ɹ/
- (nonrhotic, horse-hoarse) IPA: /foə/
fore (comparative former, superlative foremost)
- (obsolete) Former; occurring earlier (in some order); previous. [15th-18th c.]
- the fore part of the day
- Forward; situated towards the front (of something). [from 16th c.]
- the fore end of a wagon
- 1969, Vladimir Nabokov, Ada or Ardor, Penguin 2011, p. 23:
- Crystal vases with crimson roses and golden-brown asters were set here and there in the fore part of the shop […]
- Russian: ра́нний
- Russian: пере́дний
- The front; the forward part of something; the foreground.
- The fore was painted white.
- 2002, Mark Bevir, The Logic of the History of Ideas:
- People face a dilemma whenever they bring to the fore an understanding that appears inadequate in the light of the other beliefs they bring to bear on it.
- Russian: нос
fore (not comparable)
- In the part that precedes or goes first; opposed to aft, after, back, behind, etc.
- (obsolete) Formerly; previously; afore.
- 1609, William Shakespeare, “Sonnet 7”, in Shake-speares Sonnets. Neuer before Imprinted, London: By G[eorge] Eld for T[homas] T[horpe] and are to be sold by William Aspley, OCLC 216596634 ↗:
- The eyes, fore duteous, now converted are.
- (nautical) In or towards the bows of a ship.
- (archaic) simple past tense of fare
- A people of Papua New Guinea.
- Their language.