from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A sudden raid or military advance.
  • n. A venture or an initial attempt, especially outside one's usual area: an actor's foray into politics.
  • intransitive v. To make a raid.
  • intransitive v. To make inroads, as for profit or adventure.
  • transitive v. Archaic To pillage in search of spoils.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A sudden or irregular incursion in border warfare; hence, any irregular incursion for war or spoils; a raid.
  • n. A brief excursion or attempt especially outside one's accustomed sphere.
  • v. To scour (an area or place) for food, treasure, booty etc.
  • v. To pillage; to ravage.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A sudden or irregular incursion in border warfare; hence, any irregular incursion for war or spoils; a raid.
  • transitive v. To pillage; to ravage.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To ravage; pillage.
  • To engage in a foray; pillage.
  • n. The act of foraging; a predatory excursion.
  • n. Synonyms Incursion, Raid, etc. See invasion.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an initial attempt (especially outside your usual areas of competence)
  • n. a sudden short attack
  • v. briefly enter enemy territory
  • v. steal goods; take as spoils


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Middle English forrai, from forraien, to plunder, probably back-formation from forreour, raider, plunderer, from Old French forrier, from forrer, to forage; see forage.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle English forrayen ("to pillage"), a back-formation of forrayour, forreour, forrier ("raider, pillager"), from Old French forrier, fourrier, a derivative of fuerre ("provender, fodder, straw"), from Frankish *fōdar (“fodder, sheath”), from Proto-Germanic *fōdran (“fodder, feed, sheath”), from Proto-Indo-European *patrom (“fodder”), *pat- (“to feed”), *pāy- (“to guard, graze, feed”). Cognate with Old High German fuotar (German Futter ("fodder, feed")), Old English fōdor, fōþor ("food, fodder, covering, case, basket"), Dutch voeder ("forage, food, feed"), Danish foder ("fodder, feed"), Icelandic fóðr ("fodder, sheath"). More at fodder, food.


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