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Fore vs Pore - What's the difference?

fore | pore |

As nouns the difference between fore and pore

is that fore is forest while pore is fear, dread.



Etymology 1

A development of the prefix .


  • (obsolete) Former; occurring earlier (in some order); previous.
  • the fore part of the day
  • Forward; situated towards the front (of something).
  • the fore end of a wagon
  • * 1969 , Vladimir Nabokov, Ada or Ardor , Penguin 2011, p. 23:
  • Crystal vases with crimson roses and golden-brown asters were set here and there in the fore part of the shop [...].
    * (order) latter * (location) aft


    (en interjection)
  • (golf) An exclamation yelled to inform players a ball is moving in their direction.
  • Noun

  • The front; the forward part of something; the foreground.
  • The fore was painted white.
  • * 2002 , Mark Bevir, The Logic of the History of Ideas :
  • People face a dilemma whenever they bring to the fore an understanding that appears inadequate in the light of the other beliefs they bring to bear on it.


  • In the part that precedes or goes first; opposed to aft, after, back, behind, etc.
  • (obsolete) Formerly; previously; afore.
  • * Shakespeare
  • The eyes, fore duteous, now converted are.
  • (nautical) In or towards the bows of a ship.
  • Etymology 2



  • (fare)
  • pore


    (wikipedia pore)

    Etymology 1

    From (etyl) pouren, from (etyl), from (etyl) porus, from (etyl) .


    (en noun)
  • A tiny opening in the skin.
  • By extension any small opening or interstice, especially one of many or allowing passage of a fluid.
  • Etymology 2

    From (etyl) poren, pouren, . See (l).


  • to study meticulously; to go over again and again.
  • to meditate or reflect in a steady way.
  • Derived terms
    * pore over


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