(For"ward) v. t. [imp. & p. p. Forwarded; p. pr. & vb. n. Forwarding.]
1. To help onward; to advance; to promote; to accelerate; to quicken; to hasten; as, to forward the growth of
a plant; to forward one in improvement.
2. To send forward; to send toward the place of destination; to transmit; as, to forward a letter.
1. One who forwards or promotes; a promoter. Udall.
2. One who sends forward anything; (Com.) one who transmits goods; a forwarding merchant.
3. (Bookbinding) One employed in forwarding.
1. The act of one who forwards; the act or occupation of transmitting merchandise or other property for
2. (Bookbinding) The process of putting a book into its cover, and making it ready for the finisher.
(For"ward*ly) adv. Eagerly; hastily; obtrusively.
(For"ward*ness), n. The quality of being forward; cheerful readiness; promtness; as, the
forwardness of Christians in propagating the gospel.
2. An advanced stage of progress or of preparation; advancement; as, his measures were in great forwardness.
3. Eagerness; ardor; as, it is difficult to restrain the forwardness of youth.
3. Boldness; confidence; assurance; want of due reserve or modesty.
In France it is usual to bring children into company, and cherish in them, from their infancy, a kind of
forwardness and assurance.Addison.
5. A state of advance beyond the usual degree; prematureness; precocity; as, the forwardnessof spring
or of corn; the forwardness of a pupil.
He had such a dexterous proclivity, as his teachers were fain to restrain his forwardness.Sir H. Wotton.
Syn. Promptness; promptitude; eagerness; ardor; zeal; assurance; confidence; boldness; impudence; presumption.
(For"wards) adv. Same as Forward.
(For*waste") v. t. [Pref. for- + waste.] To desolate or lay waste utterly. [Obs.] Spenser.
(For*wea"ry) v. t. To weary extremely; to dispirit. [Obs.] Spenser.
(For*weep") v. i. To weep much. [Obs.]
(For*wete") v. t. See Forewite. [Obs.] Chaucer.
(For*why") conj. [For + why, AS. hw, instrumental case of hwa who.] Wherefore; because.