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From Middle English forth commyng, *forthcominge, from Old English *forþcumende, present participle of Old English forþcuman (to come forward, come forth), equivalent to forth- +‎ coming. Compare Dutch voortkomend (coming forth, emerging), German fortkommend.


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forthcoming (comparative more forthcoming, superlative most forthcoming)

  1. (not comparable) Approaching or about to take place.
    I shall vote in the forthcoming election.
    • 2011 October 1, David Ornstein, “Blackburn 0 - 4 Man City”, in BBC Sport[1]:
      The visitors began to hold a much higher line, passing and moving with greater urgency, and their reward was forthcoming.
  2. Available when needed.
    The money was not forthcoming.
  3. Considerate and affable; willing to cooperate.
    I am really a forthcoming person.
    • 1991, David Michael Kaplan, Skating in the dark, publisher=Pantheon Books, →ISBN, page 145:
      So the lawyer talks to him, and tries to get the details of the case, but the guy's not really forthcoming, you know, he won't say exactly where he lives, won't give any names, and the lawyer is thinking something's funny, but still there's real panic
  4. Candid, frank.

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forthcoming (plural forthcomings)

  1. Something that is yet to come.
    • 1831, Archibald Mackerrell, An Apology for the Gift of Tongues and Interpretation
      The reader, has had presented to him things not belonging to time or mortality, but awful realities issuing out from eternity, the audible forthcomings of a present living God.