From Middle Dutch verslinden, from Old Dutch *farslindan(to devour), from Proto-Germanic *farslindaną, *fraslindaną(to devour), equivalent to for- +‎ Proto-Germanic *slindaną(to devour), from Proto-Indo-European *sel-(to sneak, creep). Cognate with Dutch verslinden(to devour), Middle Low German vorslinden(to devour, eat up), German verschlinden, verschlingen(to devour, swallow up), Gothic 𐍆𐍂𐌰𐍃𐌻𐌹𐌽𐌳𐌰𐌽(fraslindan, to gobble, swallow, devour).


forsling (third-person singular simple present forslings, present participle forslinging, simple past forslung or forslong, past participle forslung or forslongen)

  1. (transitive, archaic) To swallow down; gobble up.
    • 1924, William John Thoms, Henry Morley, Roger Bacon, Early English Prose Romances:
      He hath waited by night and day in such wise that he hath stolen so many of my children that of fifteen I have but four, in such wise hath this thief forslongen them.