see also: Forward
  • (RP) IPA: /ˈfɔː.wəd/
  • (GA) IPA: /ˈfɔɹ.wɚd/
  • (Australia, Estuary English, New Zealand) IPA: /ˈfoːwəd/
  • (New Zealand, unstressed) IPA: /foːd/


  1. Toward the front or at the front.
    The fire was confined to the forward portion of the store.
    the forward gun in a ship, or the forward ship in a fleet
  2. Without customary restraint or modesty; bold, cheeky, pert, presumptuous or pushy.
    • 1999:, Neil Gaiman, Stardust, pg. 44 (2001 Perennial paperback edition)
      "Would you think it forward of me to kiss you?" asked Tristran.
  3. (finance) Expected in the future.
    The stock price is currently 12 times forward earnings.
  4. Ready; prompt; ardently inclined; in a bad sense, eager or hasty.
    • Bible, Gal. ii. 10
      Only they would that we should remember the poor; the same which I also was forward to do.
    • c. 1599–1602, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of Hamlet, Prince of Denmarke”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act III, scene i]:
      Nor do we find him forward to be sounded.
  5. Advanced beyond the usual degree; advanced for the season; precocious.
    The grass is forward, or forward for the season. We have a forward spring.
    • c. 1590–1591, William Shakespeare, “The Two Gentlemen of Verona”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act I, scene i]:
      The most forward bud / Is eaten by the canker ere it blow.
Synonyms Antonyms Translations Translations Translations Translations Translations Adverb

forward (comparative further forward, superlative furthest forward)

  1. Towards the front or from the front.
    The bus driver told everyone standing up to move forward.
    • 1913, Mrs. [Marie] Belloc Lowndes, chapter I, in The Lodger, London: Methuen, OCLC 7780546 ↗; republished in Novels of Mystery: The Lodger; The Story of Ivy; What Really Happened, New York, N.Y.: Longmans, Green and Co., […], [1933], OCLC 2666860 ↗, page 0016 ↗:
      A great bargain also had been the excellent Axminster carpet which covered the floor; as, again, the arm-chair in which Bunting now sat forward, staring into the dull, small fire. In fact, that arm-chair had been an extravagance of Mrs. Bunting. She had wanted her husband to be comfortable after the day's work was done, and she had paid thirty-seven shillings for the chair.
  2. In the usual direction of travel.
    After spending an hour stuck in the mud, we could once again move forward.
  3. Into the future.
    From this day forward, there will be no more brussels sprouts at the cafeteria.
Synonyms Antonyms Translations Translations Translations
  • French: à partir de (before the noun), ("from this day forward") à partir d'aujourd'hui
  • German: ab, (from this day forward) ab diesem Tag, ab jetzt, in der Zukunft, zukünftig
  • Portuguese: em diante
  • Russian: вперёд
  • Spanish: adelante, a partir de

forward (forwards, present participle forwarding; past and past participle forwarded)

  1. (transitive) To advance, promote.
    • 1941, W Somerset Maugham, Up at the Villa, Vintage 2004, p. 26:
      Mary had a suspicion that this plan had been arranged beforehand, for she knew how the lewd old woman loved to forward love affairs […].
  2. (transitive) To send (a letter, email etc.) to a third party.
    I'll be glad to forward your mail to you while you're gone.
  3. (transitive, bookbinding) To assemble (a book) by sewing sections, attaching cover boards, and so on.
  • (send (something received) to a third party) pass on
Translations Translations Noun

forward (plural forwards)

  1. (rugby) One of the eight players (comprising two props, one hooker, two locks, two flankers and one number eight, collectively known as the pack) whose primary task is to gain and maintain possession of the ball (compare back).
  2. (soccer) A player on a team in football (soccer) in the row nearest to the opposing team's goal, who are therefore principally responsible for scoring goals.
  3. (ice hockey) An umbrella term for a centre or winger in ice hockey.
  4. (basketball) The small forward or power forward position; two frontcourt positions that are taller than guards but shorter than centers.
  5. (nautical) The front part of a vessel.
  6. (Internet) An e-mail message that is forwarded to another recipient or recipients; an electronic chain letter.
    • 2004, Tamara Stevens, What Is Snail Mail?: The Lost Art of Letterwriting (page 27)
      When you receive your new pen-pal's email address, do not automatically put it in your address book and use the email Addy to send 'forwards' to. Not every pen pal likes 'forwards', especially jokes and meaningless emails.
Synonyms Translations Translations
  • German: Bug
  • Portuguese: proa
  • Russian: нос

forward (plural forwards)

  1. (dialectal or obsolete) Agreement; covenant.
  2. Misconstruction of foreword#English|foreword (“preface or introduction”)

Proper noun
  1. Surname

This text is extracted from the Wiktionary and it is available under the CC BY-SA 3.0 license | Terms and conditions | Privacy policy 0.003
Offline English dictionary