(third-person singular simple present forsteals, present participle forstealing, simple past forstole, past participle forstolen)
- (obsolete) To steal away.
From Middle English forstelen, from Old English forstelan (“to steal away, steal, rob, deprive”), from Proto-Germanic *farstelaną, *frastelaną (“to steal, steal away”), equivalent to for- + steal. Cognate with Middle Low German vorstelen (“to steal away”), Middle High German ferstelan (“to steal away”).
- Obsolete form of forestall.
Variant of forestall.