- When a military force suddenly goes into the territory of its enemy, this is an example of a foray.
- When you start to try dabbling in cooking for the first time, this is an example of a foray into cooking.
Origin of forayMiddle English forraien, probably back-formation ; from forreier, forager ; from Old French forrier ; from forrer, to forage ; from forre: see forage
Origin of forayME forrai a sudden attack or raid into enemy territory, as to seize something or to plunder
- a venturing into any new or unfamiliar situation or undertaking
- A sudden raid or military advance.
- A venture or an initial attempt, especially outside one's usual area: an actor's foray into politics.
verbfor·ayed, for·ay·ing, for·ays
- To make a raid.
- To make inroads, as for profit or adventure.
Origin of forayMiddle English forrai, from forraien, to plunder, probably back-formation from forreour, raider, plunderer, from Old French forrier, from forrer, to forage; see forage.
(third-person singular simple present forays, present participle foraying, simple past and past participle forayed)
From Middle English forrayen (“to pillage”), a back-formation of forrayour, forreour, forrier (“raider, pillager”), from Old French forrier, fourrier, a derivative of fuerre (“provender, fodder, straw”), 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 fóður (“fodder, sheath”). More at fodder, food.