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Etymology 1Edit

From Middle English forbode, forbod, from Old English forbod (a forbidding, prohibition), from Proto-Germanic *frabudą (prohibition), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰewdʰ- (to be awake, fully perceive), equivalent to for- +‎ bode. Cognate with Dutch verbod, German Verbot, Danish forbud, Swedish förbud. More at forbid.

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forbode (plural forbodes)

  1. (archaic) A forbidding, a prohibition; a command forbidding a thing.
    God's/The Lord's forbode
    • 1621, Henry Ainsworth, Annotations Upon the First Book of Moses, Called Genesis, Leviticus, Ch. IIII:
      So Moses himself explaineth it in the words here folowing, and in v. 13. 22. 27.   commandements ]or, charges: meaning prohibitions, or forbodes. For God commandeth both to eschew evil, and to doe good.
    • 1894, Reginald Brimley Johnson, Popular British Ballads, Ancient and Modern, page 142:
      Thus Cloudesle cleft the apple in two,
      That many a man might see;
      "Over God's forbode," said the king,
      "That thou shoot at me!"
    • 2012, The Broadview Anthology of Medieval Drama, The Towneley Plays: The First Shepherds' Play (translated from Middle English into English), page 153:
      FIRST SHEPHERD. God's forbode thou spare't and thou drink every deal.7
      7 God's forbode ... deal   God forbid (literally "God's forbidding") that you refrain from drinking even if you drink it all.

Etymology 2Edit

From Middle English, from Old English forbēad/forbudon, past tense forms of forbēodan (to forbid). More at forbid.



  1. obsolete simple past of forbid.

Etymology 3Edit


forbode (third-person singular simple present forbodes, present participle forboding, simple past and past participle forboded)

  1. Alternative form of forebode


  • forbode at OneLook Dictionary Search

Norwegian NynorskEdit

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  1. neuter singular of forboden



  1. past participle of forby
  2. past participle of forbyde