Word of the Day!


FAWR-ey, FOR-ey


1. a quick raid, usually for the purpose of taking plunder: Vikings made a foray on the port.

2. a quick, sudden attack: The defenders made a foray outside the walls.

3. an initial venture: a successful foray into politics.


1. to make a raid; pillage; maraud.

2. to invade or make one’s way, as for profit or adventure: foreign industries foraying into U.S. markets.

3. to ravage in search of plunder; pillage.


Having the true baronial spirit of the good old feudal times, they are apt now and then to issue forth from their castles on a foray , and lay the plebeian fields of the neighboring country under contribution…
— Washington Irving , Bracebridge Hall, or, The Humorists , 1821

Peter Sissen took out his penlight and made a shallow foray into the dining room, coming back to say, “One of them is still downstairs…”
— Jeffrey Eugenides , The Virgin Suicides , 1993


Foray entered English in the late 14th century. It shares its roots with the term forage .


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