fore·​arm | \ (ˌ)fȯr-ˈärm How to pronounce forearm (audio) \
forearmed; forearming; forearms

Definition of forearm

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

: to arm in advance : prepare


fore·​arm | \ ˈfȯr-ˌärm How to pronounce forearm (audio) \

Definition of forearm (Entry 2 of 2)

: the part of the human arm between the elbow and the wrist also : the corresponding part in other vertebrates

Examples of forearm in a Sentence

Verb forearmed themselves for the championship game with the help of a sports psychologist
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb That led to Stoudemire and Boris Diaw leaving the bench as a scrum broke out that included Horry forearming Raja Bell. Duane Rankin, azcentral, 18 May 2020 The team’s initial diagnosis was forearm tightness, and it later was changed to forearm discomfort. John Shea,, 19 June 2019 To be forewarned is to be forearmed, and knowing the locations of enemy forces will help ground commanders make critical decisions about their own forces. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 6 Sep. 2018 Forewarned about Russian trolling should be forearmed. Trudy Rubin,, 26 Apr. 2018 No matter how forewarned a team might be, there is no such thing as forearmed. Rory Smith, New York Times, 24 Apr. 2018 Yet if the skater extends an elbow or forearm out from the central axis of rotation, that means a slower spin. Tom Avril,, 7 Feb. 2018 Forewarned is forearmed, so here's an advance cheat sheet placing the tax cut in perspective. Michael Hiltzik,, 30 Jan. 2018 That’s why, faced with a fearsome flu season, Spinney turns to an old adage: forewarned is forearmed. Lily Rothman, Time, 26 Jan. 2018 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Lux wasn’t scheduled to start Saturday — or Sunday — after he was scratched from Friday’s lineup when he was hit by a pitch from a pitching machine in the right forearm. Los Angeles Times, 18 Sep. 2021 Buckingham was hiding in a bedroom and swung a knife at an officer, hitting him in the forearm, police said. Jennifer Sinco Kelleher, Detroit Free Press, 27 Aug. 2021 Hoerner played only 44 games (170 plate appearances) because of three separate injuries that cost him time on the IL — a left forearm strain, left hamstring strain and right oblique strain. Meghan Montemurro,, 8 Nov. 2021 That is why the Astros made it through despite losing their No. 1 starter, Lance McCullers Jr., to a forearm strain in the division series. New York Times, 27 Oct. 2021 Los Angeles will also have to proceed without veteran left-hander Clayton Kershaw, who suffered a left forearm strain Friday night during his start against the Brewers. Dan Schlossberg, Forbes, 4 Oct. 2021 Sheffield has been out since July 7 due to a forearm strain and began a rehab assignment with Tacoma on Aug. 15. Tim Booth, Chron, 1 Sep. 2021 Antone is back in the Reds’ bullpen for the first time since June 24, sidelined for two months with a right forearm strain. Bobby Nightengale, The Enquirer, 24 Aug. 2021 Kershaw, 33, exited his final start of the regular season Friday in the second inning with left forearm discomfort. Jack Harris, Los Angeles Times, 5 Oct. 2021

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First Known Use of forearm


1584, in the meaning defined above


1741, in the meaning defined above

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“Forearm.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Nov. 2021.

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More Definitions for forearm



English Language Learners Definition of forearm

: the part of the arm between the elbow and the wrist


fore·​arm | \ ˈfȯr-ˌärm How to pronounce forearm (audio) \

Kids Definition of forearm

: the part of the arm between the elbow and the wrist


fore·​arm | \ ˈfōr-ˌärm, ˈfȯr- How to pronounce forearm (audio) \

Medical Definition of forearm

: the part of the arm between the elbow and the wrist also : the corresponding part in other vertebrates

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