a strong feeling that something unpleasant or dangerous is going to happen She had a sense of foreboding that the news would be bad. The letter filled him with foreboding. He knew from her face that his forebodings had been justified.Extra examples He returned, full of foreboding, to the scene of the accident. I felt a gloomy foreboding that something was going to go wrong. She had a foreboding of danger. The sky was dull, with a foreboding of rain.