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

transitive verb

: to arm in advance : prepare


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fore·​arm ˈfȯr-ˌärm How to pronounce forearm (audio)
: the part of the human arm between the elbow and the wrist
also : the corresponding part in other vertebrates

Example Sentences

Verb forearmed themselves for the championship game with the help of a sports psychologist
Recent Examples on the Web
There’s more to forearm training than just flexion. Men's Health, 18 Jan. 2023 Bell was wearing an elbow brace that extended from bicep to forearm on his left arm that was hinged and padded in the elbow. San Diego Union-Tribune, 13 Sep. 2022 But there's more to forearm training than squeezing a stress ball for hours on end. Brett Williams, Men's Health, 14 June 2022 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
Weaver, who signed a one-year, $2 million contract in the winter, exited his start during a minor league game Monday with a sore forearm. Bobby Nightengale, The Enquirer, 19 Mar. 2023 Neise stayed at Steelworkers Park on Wednesday afternoon, holding a camera as big as his forearm and chatting with a fellow birder, Tom Lally of Chicago. oregonlive, 19 Mar. 2023 Doncic drove left, spun right, and got Okogie off him with his left forearm, but missed with his right hand right at the rim with 3.5 seconds remaining. Duane Rankin, The Arizona Republic, 6 Mar. 2023 While Hiking in Scotland Are Found Dead in Gorge, Officials Say Barría's family recognized a tattoo on a forearm found inside the shark, which was about five feet in length, per the reports. Abigail Adams, Peoplemag, 28 Feb. 2023 The dog lunged at an officer and bit him on his left forearm, police said. Dallas News, 27 Feb. 2023 To honor his mother, Manson got a tattoo inked to his right forearm. Don Norcross, San Diego Union-Tribune, 24 Feb. 2023 Miller didn’t seem phased throughout the night, at one point tapping his forearm apparently referencing the ice in his veins. Carol Robinson |, al, 23 Feb. 2023 Jones spoke quietly about his recent ordeal and displayed a pair of tattoos on his forearm dedicated to his dad — including a new one with the dates of his birth and death. Mike Fitzpatrick, ajc, 11 Feb. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use


1584, in the meaning defined above


1741, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of forearm was in 1584

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Cite this Entry

“Forearm.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Apr. 2023.

Kids Definition


1 of 2 verb
fore·​arm (ˈ)fōr-ˌärm How to pronounce forearm (audio)
: to arm in advance : prepare


2 of 2 noun
fore·​arm ˈfōr-ˌärm How to pronounce forearm (audio)
: the part of the human arm between the elbow and the wrist

Medical Definition


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

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