Definition of forward noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

forward

 noun
noun
BrE BrE//ˈfɔːwəd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈfɔːrwərd//
 
 
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an attacking player whose position is near the front of a team in some sports compare back Word Origin Old English forweard (in the sense ‘towards the future’, as in from this day forward), variant of forthweard (see forth, -ward).
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