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Foward vs. Forward: Mastering the Correct Spelling

Edited by Aimie Carlson || By Janet White || Updated on March 13, 2024
"Foward" is an incorrect spelling; the correct spelling is "forward," which denotes moving or facing toward the front or in advance.

Which is correct: Foward or Forward

How to spell Forward?

Foward is Incorrect

Forward is Correct


Key Differences

Remember it has two 'r's, as in "foRwaRd."
Think of "for" and "ward" as the two components of "forward."
The correct spelling is like "four" but without the 'u,' followed by "ward."
"Forward" is the opposite of "backward," both of which have two 'r's.
Associate "forward" with "toward," both of which contain an 'o' and an 'r.'

Correct usage of Forward

Please move foward to the next slide.
Please move forward to the next slide.
Can you step foward to be recognized?
Can you step forward to be recognized?
Foward me the email when you get a chance.
Forward me the email when you get a chance.
I'm looking foward to the weekend.
I'm looking forward to the weekend.
We need to think foward when planning our strategy.
We need to think forward when planning our strategy.

Forward Definitions

In sports, "forward" is an offensive player.
The forward scored a goal.
At, near, or belonging to the front or forepart; fore
The forward section of the aircraft.
Located ahead or in advance
Kept her eye on the forward horizon.
Going, tending, or moving toward a position in front
A forward plunge down a flight of stairs.
(Sports) Advancing toward an opponent's goal.
Moving in a prescribed direction or order for normal use
Forward rolling of the cassette tape.
Ardently inclined; eager.
Lacking restraint or modesty; presumptuous or bold
A forward child.
Being ahead of current economic, political, or technological trends; progressive
A forward concept.
Deviating radically from convention or tradition; extreme.
Exceptionally advanced; precocious.
Of, relating to, or done in preparation for the future
A rise in the forward price of corn.
Toward or tending to the front; frontward
Step forward.
Into consideration
Put forward a new proposal.
In or toward the future
Looking forward to seeing you.
In the prescribed direction or sequence for normal use
Rolled the tape forward.
In an advanced position or a configuration registering a future time
Set the clock forward.
At or to a different time; earlier or later
Moved the appointment forward, from Friday to Thursday. See Usage Note at backward.
A player in certain games, such as basketball, soccer, or hockey, who is part of the forward line of the offense.
The position played by such a person.
To send on to a subsequent destination or address.
Situated toward or at the front of something.
The fire was confined to the forward portion of the store.
The forward gun in a ship, the forward ship in a fleet
(of troops, guns etc.) Situated toward or near the enemy lines.
The forward battalion took a hammering.
Acting in or pertaining to the direction in which someone or something is facing.
My forward vision is fine, but my peripheral vision is poor.
Acting in or pertaining to the direction of travel or movement.
Forward motion, forward thrust, forward momentum
(figuratively) Moving in the desired direction of progress.
This is an important forward step for the country.
Having the usual order or sequence.
The front of the fire engine has backward writing, that can be read in a mirror, as well as forward writing.
Expected or scheduled to take place in the future.
The stock price is currently 12 times forward earnings.
The price for forward delivery is presently higher than the spot price.
Advanced beyond the usual degree; advanced for the season; precocious.
These students are very forward in their learning.
The grass is forward, or forward for the season. We have a forward spring.
Without customary restraint or modesty; bold, cheeky, pert, presumptuous or pushy.
She is a very forward young lady, not afraid to speak her mind.
(obsolete) Ready; prompt; ardently inclined; in a bad sense, eager or hasty.
At, near or towards the front of something.
She was sitting well forward in the railway carriage.
The bus driver told everyone standing up to move forward.
(nautical) At, near, or towards the bow of a vessel (with the frame of reference within the vessel).
In the direction in which someone or something is facing.
I leant forward to get a better look.
The grandfather clock toppled forward and crashed to the ground.
In the desired or usual direction of movement or progress, physically or figuratively; onwards.
After spending an hour stuck in the mud, we could once again move forward.
Wind the film forward a few frames.
Don't forget to put the clocks forward by one hour tonight!
We need to move this project forward.
So that front and back are in the usual orientation.
Don't wear your baseball cap backward; turn it forward.
In the usual order or sequence.
A palindrome reads the same backward as forward.
Into the future.
From this day forward, there will be no more brussels sprouts at the cafeteria.
To an earlier point in time. See also bring forward.
The meeting has been moved forward an hour. It was at 3 o'clock; now it's at 2 o'clock.
(transitive) To advance, promote.
He did all he could to forward the interests of the school.
(transitive) To send (a letter, email etc.) on to a third party.
I'll be glad to forward your mail to you while you're gone.
To assemble (a book) by sewing sections, attaching cover boards, and so on.
(rugby) One of the eight players (comprising two props, one hooker, two locks, two flankers and one number eight, collectively known as the pack) whose primary task is to gain and maintain possession of the ball (compare back).
(soccer) A player on a team in football (soccer) in the row nearest to the opposing team's goal, who are therefore principally responsible for scoring goals.
(ice hockey) An umbrella term for a centre or winger in ice hockey.
(basketball) The small forward or power forward position; two frontcourt positions that are taller than guards but shorter than centers.
(nautical) The front part of a vessel.
(Internet) An e-mail message that is forwarded to another recipient or recipients; an electronic chain letter.
(finance) A direct agreement between two parties to buy or sell an asset at a specific point in the future; distinguished from a futures contract in that the latter is standardized and traded on an exchange.
Forward contract
Misspelling of foreword.
Agreement; covenant.
An agreement; a covenant; a promise.
Tell us a tale anon, as forward is.
Toward a part or place before or in front; onward; in advance; progressively; - opposed to backward.
Near, or at the fore part; in advance of something else; as, the forward gun in a ship, or the forward ship in a fleet.
Ready; prompt; strongly inclined; in an ill sense, overready; too hasty.
Only they would that we should remember the poor; the same which I also was forward to do.
Nor do we find him forward to be sounded.
Ardent; eager; earnest; in an ill sense, less reserved or modest than is proper; bold; confident; as, the boy is too forward for his years.
I have known men disagreeably forward from their shyness.
Advanced beyond the usual degree; advanced for the season; as, the grass is forward, or forward for the season; we have a forward spring.
The most forward budIs eaten by the canker ere it blow.
To help onward; to advance; to promote; to accelerate; to quicken; to hasten; as, to forward the growth of a plant; to forward one in improvement.
To send forward; to send toward the place of destination; to transmit; as, to forward a letter.
The person who plays the position of forward on a basketball team
A position on a basketball team
Send or ship onward from an intermediate post or station in transit;
Forward my mail
At or near or directed toward the front;
The forward section of the aircraft
A forward plunge down the stairs
Forward motion
Moving toward a position ahead;
Forward motion
The onward course of events
Used of temperament or behavior; lacking restraint or modesty;
A forward child badly in need of discipline
Of the transmission gear causing forward movement in a motor vehicle;
In a forward gear
Moving forward
Situated at or toward the front;
The fore cabins
The forward part of the ship
Situated in the front;
The forward section of the aircraft
At or to or toward the front;
He faced forward
Step forward
She practiced sewing backward as well as frontward on her new sewing machine
Forward in time or order or degree;
From that time forth
From the sixth century onward
Toward the future; forward in time;
I like to look ahead in imagination to what the future may bring
I look forward to seeing you
In a forward direction;
Go ahead
The train moved ahead slowly
The boat lurched ahead
Moved onward into the forest
They went slowly forward in the mud
Near or toward the bow of a ship or cockpit of a plane;
The captain went fore (or forward) to check the instruments
Forward means moving in a direction toward the front.
She took a step forward.
As an adjective, "forward" describes something situated at the front.
The forward cabin of the ship.
Forward can also imply being bold or not reserved.
His forward attitude was sometimes off-putting.
In email and communications, to "forward" is to send something along to another destination.
I'll forward the email to you.

Forward Sentences

Please come forward if you have any questions.
We must move forward with our plans for the new project.
The team decided to push forward despite the challenges.
I'm really looking forward to the holidays.
He stepped forward to volunteer for the task.
The clock is set one hour forward in spring.
Pay it forward by helping someone else in need.
Looking forward to your reply.
The company is moving forward with the expansion.
Thinking forward, we should prepare for any potential obstacles.
She leaned forward to hear the speaker better.
The coach encouraged the player to drive forward during the game.
Always look forward, never back.
The teacher asked the student to come forward and present.
Forward the email to anyone who might be interested.
Moving forward, we'll need to monitor our expenses closely.
Forward me the details of the meeting, please.
Forward-thinking strategies will benefit our company in the long run.
I can't wait to go on vacation; I'm looking so forward to it.
The player passed the ball forward to his teammate.
Let's move our discussion forward to the next topic.
To apply for the position, please forward your resume to our HR department.
The car moved slowly forward in traffic.
Step forward if you wish to be considered for the leadership role.

Forward Idioms & Phrases

Forward thinking

Planning or thinking about the future, rather than just the present.
The company's forward-thinking policies have kept it ahead of its competitors.

Pay it forward

Responding to a person's kindness to oneself by being kind to someone else.
After the stranger helped her, she decided to pay it forward by donating to a charity.

Come forward

To volunteer for something or to step out into view.
Witnesses were asked to come forward with any information.


Having a progressive, futuristic outlook.
The city's forward-thinking initiatives have greatly improved quality of life.

Look forward to

To anticipate something with pleasure.
I look forward to our meeting next week.

Push forward

To continue with an effort or plan despite difficulties.
Despite the challenges, the team pushed forward with the project.

Forward motion

The act of moving ahead or progressing in a straight line.
The forward motion of the train was smooth and steady.

Move forward

To proceed or progress.
After the setback, it was hard to move forward.

Go forward

To proceed with a plan or action.
We've decided to go forward with the renovation despite the costs.

Forward pass

A pass in football thrown in the direction of the opponent's goal line.
The quarterback made a spectacular forward pass that led to a touchdown.


Why is it called forward?

Derived from Old English "foreweard," denoting a frontward direction.

What is the root word of forward?

The Old English word "foreweard."

What is the verb form of forward?

To forward.

Which conjunction is used with forward?

"And," as in "forward and backward."

What is the pronunciation of forward?

/ˈfɔːr.wərd/ in American English.

Which preposition is used with forward?

"To," as in "forward to."

Which vowel is used before forward?

"A," as in "a forward pass."

What is the singular form of forward?


What is the plural form of forward?

Forward has no plural as it is not typically used as a noun.

Is forward a negative or positive word?

Generally neutral, context-dependent.

Is forward a noun or adjective?

It can be both, but is most commonly an adjective or adverb.

Is forward an adverb?


Is forward a vowel or consonant?

It starts with a consonant (F).

What part of speech is forward?

Adjective, adverb, or verb, depending on usage.

Is the word forward imperative?

Not usually.

What is a stressed syllable in forward?

The first syllable, "for," is stressed.

What is the first form of forward?

Forward (as a verb, the base form is "to forward").

What is another term for forward?


What is the opposite of forward?


Which article is used with forward?

"The" or "a," depending on the context.

Is forward an abstract noun?


Is forward a countable noun?


Is forward a collective noun?


Is the forward term a metaphor?

It can be used metaphorically.

How many syllables are in forward?


How do we divide forward into syllables?


Which determiner is used with forward?

"The" or "a," depending on the context.

What is the second form of forward?


What is the third form of forward?


How is forward used in a sentence?

"He moved forward to shake hands."
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