foray

Foray means brief excursion. If you're in the army, that's a literal excursion into enemy territory. For the rest of us, it means trying something out. "My foray into rugby ended with my spending a week in the hospital."

This word derives from the Latin fuerre 'straw', which led into Old French as fourager 'forage,' or search for food. Think of soldiers stealing food from the enemy as maybe how this word first came to be used. Even if that is historically inaccurate, your foray into amateur word-sleuthing will help you remember this word.

Definitions of foray
  1. noun
    a sudden short attack
    synonyms: maraud, raid
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    types:
    air attack, air raid
    an attack by armed planes on a surface target
    swoop
    a very rapid raid
    type of:
    incursion, penetration
    an attack that penetrates into enemy territory
  2. verb
    steal goods; take as spoils
    synonyms: despoil, loot, pillage, plunder, ransack, reave, rifle, strip
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    types:
    deplume, displume
    strip of honors, possessions, or attributes
    type of:
    take
    take by force
  3. verb
    briefly enter enemy territory
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    type of:
    penetrate, perforate
    pass into or through, often by overcoming resistance
  4. noun
    an initial attempt (especially outside your usual areas of competence)
    “scientists' forays into politics”
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    type of:
    attempt, effort, endeavor, endeavour, try
    earnest and conscientious activity intended to do or accomplish something
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