from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A person from whom one is descended; an ancestor. See Synonyms at ancestor.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An ancestor.
- v. Obsolete spelling of forbear.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. An ancestor. See forbear.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One who has existed before another; an ancestor; a forefather.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a person from whom you are descended
Middle English forbear : fore-, fore- + beer, one who is (from ben, to be; see be).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From fore- + beer (“one who is or exists”). More at beer. (Wiktionary)