from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A forbidding, prohibition.
  • n. A command forbidding a thing.
  • v. obsolete simple past tense of forbid.
  • v. To portend or foretell, especially of ill; to serve as a sign or ill omen.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Obsolete forms of forbidden, past participle of forbid.


From Middle English forbode, forbod, from Old English forbod ("a forbidding, prohibition"), from Proto-Germanic *fur-budan (“prohibition”), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰewdʰ- (“to be awake, fully perceive”). Cognate with Dutch verbod, German Verbot, Danish forbud, Swedish förbud. More at forbid. (Wiktionary)
From Middle English, from Old English forbēad/forbudon, past tense forms of forbēodan ("to forbid"). More at forbid. (Wiktionary)
From Middle English foreboden, from Old English forebodian ("to announce, declare"), equivalent to fore- +‎ bode. (Wiktionary)


  • Much of the time, it's just a misspelling-for example, "forbode" instead of "forebode,"


  • If there are other (control) issues I'm not aware of, such as if you "forbode" her to get one, you may be in a power struggle, and one you obviously aren't going to win.

    Toronto Sun

  • AND that all the dark portents of late (the Augustine II review, rumors of "possible cuts to human spaceflight", etc) do not forbode a retreat from real (vs 'more advanced studies') exploration beyond LEO.

    Bolden Watch - NASA Watch

  • But thou wilt not have this desire, nor do I myself forbode that so it will be.

    The Argonautica

  • “Over gods forbode!” said Roland — “Alas! that you have such a tale to tell! and what horror comes next?”

    The Abbot

  • “Over heavens forbode, my Lady!” answered Lilias; “I have lived too long with gentles, I praise my stars for it, to fight with either follies or fantasies, whether they relate to beast, bird, or boy.”

    The Abbot

  • Goddis forbode y schulde be so lewde for to so seie

    On early splitting

  • Saint – Germain chose to say — it is certain that men and women alike flung themselves into a life of pleasure with an intrepidity which seemed to forbode the end of the world.

    Domestic Peace

  • This fierce exclamation seemed to forbode some immediate explosion of popular resentment, and, in fact, such had been expected by the magistrates, and the necessary measures had been taken to repress it.

    The Heart of Mid-Lothian

  • Whether I shall ever be better I cannot tell; I awfully forbode I shall not.

    Commander in Grief


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