; forthought; forthinking; forthinks

transitive verb

now chiefly Scottish : to change the mind of (oneself)
often : regret

intransitive verb

now chiefly Scottish : to have a change of mind or a feeling of regret

Word History


Middle English forthinken, forthenken to regret, repent, displease, be displeased; partly from for- + thinken to seem; partly from Old English forthencan to mistrust, despise, despair, from for- + thencan to think

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“Forthink.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jul. 2024.

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