foreboding [fawr-boh-ding, fohr-] ExamplesWord Origin noun

  1. a prediction; portent.
  2. a strong inner feeling or notion of a future misfortune, evil, etc.; presentiment.


  1. that forebodes, especially evil.

Origin of foreboding 1350–1400; Middle English forbodyng (noun); see forebode, -ing1, -ing2 Related formsfore·bod·ing·ly, adverbfore·bod·ing·ness, nounun·fore·bod·ing, adjectiveCan be confusedforbidding foreboding Examples from the Web for forebodingly Historical Examples of forebodingly

  • He looked after her forebodingly, then turned his eyes toward the Palace Hotel.

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  • “But where are all the children,” inquired Tom, forebodingly.

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  • Then, what prompted you to speak so strangely and forebodingly?

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  • “Morituri te salutant,” said 50 Captain Patterson forebodingly, as the first caravan passed out of Leh.

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  • “I don’d like der looks oof t’ings,” muttered Carl, forebodingly.

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  • British Dictionary definitions for forebodingly foreboding noun

    1. a feeling of impending evil, disaster, etc
    2. an omen or portent


    1. presaging something

    Derived Formsforebodingly, adverbforebodingness, noun Word Origin and History for forebodingly foreboding n.

    late 14c., “a predilection, portent, omen,” from fore- + verbal noun from bode. Meaning “sense of something bad about to happen” is from c.1600. Old English forebodung meant “prophecy.”

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