(noun, adjective, verb, adverb)


1. at or near or directed toward the front

- the forward section of the aircraft

- a forward plunge down the stairs

- forward motion

Similar word(s): gardant, guardant, headfirst, headlong, fore, progressive

2. lacking restraint or modesty; presumptuous.

- a forward child badly in need of discipline

Similar word(s): brash, cheeky, nervy, bumptious, overfamiliar, fresh, impertinent, impudent, overbold, sassy, saucy, smart, wise, assuming, assumptive, presumptuous, bold

3. of the transmission gear causing forward movement in a motor vehicle

- in a forward gear

4. moving forward

Similar word(s): progressive, advancing

Sentences with forward as an adjective:

- The fire was confined to the forward portion of the store.

- the forward gun in a ship, or the forward ship in a fleet

- I thought his suggestion that we move in together was rather forward.

- 1999: "Would you think it forward of me to kiss you?" asked Tristran. — Neil Gaiman, Stardust, pg. 44 (2001 Perennial paperback edition).

- The stock price is currently 12 times forward earnings.

- The grass is forward, or forward for the season. We have a forward spring.


1. at or to or toward the front

- he faced forward

- step forward

Similar word(s): forrad, forrard, forwards, frontward, frontwards

2. forward in time or order or degree

- from that time forth

Similar word(s): forth, onward

3. toward the future; forward in time

- I look forward to seeing you

Similar word(s): ahead

4. in a forward direction

- moved onward into the forest

- they went slowly forward in the mud

Similar word(s): ahead, forrader, forwards, onward, onwards

5. near or toward the bow of a ship or cockpit of a plane

- the captain went fore (or forward) to check the instruments

Similar word(s): fore

Sentences with forward as an adverb:

- The bus driver told everyone standing up to move forward.

- After spending an hour stuck in the mud, we could once again move forward.

- From this day forward, there will be no more brussels sprouts at the cafeteria.


1. the person who plays the position of forward in certain games, such as basketball, soccer, or hockey

Definition categories: person, basketeer, cager

2. a position on a basketball, soccer, or hockey team

Definition categories: act, position


1. send or ship onward from an intermediate post or station in transit

- forward my mail

Definition categories: motion, send, ship, transport

Sentences with forward as a verb:

- I'll be glad to forward your mail to you while you're gone.