From Middle English fore-, from Old English fōr(e)-, from Proto-Germanic *fura-, *furai- (“before, in front of, for”), from Proto-Indo-European *per-, *pr- (“before, formerly; through, throughout”). Akin to Old Saxon and Old High German fora-, Gothic 𐍆𐌰𐌿𐍂𐌰- (faura-) (see 𐍆𐌰𐌿𐍂𐌰 (faura)), Dutch voor- (“fore-”).
- Positioned at or near the front
- Before; ahead or in front of.
- Occurring beforehand; earlier; prior to
- Before, in front of, pro-
- first, prime, occupying a prominent position
- fōreseld "first seat"
- very, supremely, foremost
- English fore-