forayed

foray

[fawr-ey, for-ey]
noun
1.
a quick raid, usually for the purpose of taking plunder: Vikings made a foray on the port.
2.
a quick, sudden attack: The defenders made a foray outside the walls.
3.
an initial venture: a successful foray into politics.
verb (used without object)
4.
to make a raid; pillage; maraud.
5.
to invade or make one's way, as for profit or adventure: foreign industries foraying into U.S. markets.
verb (used with object)
6.
to ravage in search of plunder; pillage.

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English forraien, apparently by back formation from forrayour, forreour, forrier < Old French forrier, fourrier, equivalent to fo(u)rr(er), derivative of fuerre provender (see forage) + -ier -ier2

forayer, noun


1. attack, assault, invasion, incursion, sortie.
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foray (ˈfɒreɪ)
 
n
1.  a short raid or incursion
2.  a first attempt or new undertaking
 
vb
3.  to raid or ravage (a town, district, etc)
 
[C14: from forrayen to pillage, from Old French forreier, from forrier forager, from fuerre fodder; see forage]
 
'forayer
 
n

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foray
late 14c., Scottish back-formation of forreyer "raider, forager," from O.Fr. forrier, from forrer "to forage," related to fuerre "fodder" (see forage).
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