foreboding [fawr-boh-ding, fohr-] ExamplesWord Origin noun
- a prediction; portent.
- a strong inner feeling or notion of a future misfortune, evil, etc.; presentiment.
- that , especially evil.
Origin of foreboding 1350–1400; Middle English forbodyng (noun); see, , Related formsfore·bod·ing·ly, adverbfore·bod·ing·ness, nounun·fore·bod·ing, adjectiveCan be confused foreboding Examples from the Web for forebodingly Historical Examples of forebodingly
He looked after her forebodingly, then turned his eyes toward the Palace Hotel.
“But where are all the children,” inquired Tom, forebodingly.
C. H. (Charles Henry) Pearson
Then, what prompted you to speak so strangely and forebodingly?
“Morituri te salutant,” said 50 Captain Patterson forebodingly, as the first caravan passed out of Leh.
“I don’d like der looks oof t’ings,” muttered Carl, forebodingly.
Stanley R. Matthews
British Dictionary definitions for forebodingly foreboding noun
- a feeling of impending evil, disaster, etc
- an omen or portent
- presaging something
Derived Formsforebodingly, adverbforebodingness, noun Word Origin and History for forebodingly foreboding n.
late 14c., “a predilection, portent, omen,” from+ verbal noun from . Meaning “sense of something bad about to happen” is from c.1600. Old English forebodung meant “prophecy.”