From Middle English forganger, forgangere, from Old English *foregangere, from foregangan (“to go before, precede, go in front of, project, excel”), equivalent to fore- + ganger. Cognate with Scots foregangare (“a foregoer”), Dutch voorganger (“a predecessor, progenitor”), German Vorgänger (“a predecessor, precursor”), Swedish föregångare (“a forerunner, precursor, progenitor”).
foreganger (plural foregangers)
- (archaic, rare) One who or that which goes before; a forerunner; a harbinger; a predecessor.
- (nautical) A short rope grafted on a harpoon, to which a longer line may be attached.
- (Can we find and add a quotation of Totten to this entry?)