- The definition of forage is food for domestic animals, or a search for food.
An example of forage is dog food.
- Forage is defined as to feed or to search for something, especially food.
- An example of to forage is to feed the cat dinner.
- An example of to forage is to find something in the refrigerator to eat for dinner.
Forage for the family pet.
- food for domestic animals; fodder
- a search for food or provisions
Origin of forageMiddle English ; from Old French fourage ; from forre, fuerre, fodder ; from Frankish an unverified form fodr, food, akin to Old English fodor, fodder
intransitive verbforaged, foraging
- to search for food or provisions
- to search for what one needs or wants
Origin of forageFr fourrager < the n.
- to get or take food or provisions from
- Now Rare to ravage; plunder
- to provide with forage; feed
- to get by foraging
- Plant material that livestock graze or that is cut and fed to them.
- The act of looking or searching for food or provisions.
verbfor·aged, for·ag·ing, for·ag·es
- To wander in search of food or provisions.
- To make a raid, as for food: soldiers foraging near an abandoned farm.
- To conduct a search; rummage.
- To collect forage from; strip of food or supplies: troops who were foraging the countryside.
- Informal To obtain by foraging: foraged a snack from the refrigerator.
Origin of forageMiddle English, from Old French fourrage, from forrer, to forage, from feurre, fodder, of Germanic origin; see pā- in Indo-European roots.
- Fodder for animals, especially cattle and horses.
- An act or instance of foraging.
(third-person singular simple present forages, present participle foraging, simple past and past participle foraged)
From Middle English, from Old French fourage, forage, a derivative of fuerre (“fodder, straw”), of Germanic origin, from Frankish *fōdar (“fodder, sheath”), from Proto-Germanic *fōdrą (“fodder, feed, sheath”), from Proto-Indo-European *patrom (“fodder”), *pat- (“to feed”), *pāy- (“to guard, graze, feed”). Cognate with Old High German fuotar (German Futter (“fodder, feed”)), Old English fōdor, fōþor (“food, fodder, covering, case, basket”), Dutch voeder (“forage, food, feed”), Danish foder (“fodder, feed”), Icelandic fóðr (“fodder, sheath”). More at fodder, food.