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.

Primary Meanings of foray

a sudden short attack
steal goods; take as spoils
an initial attempt (especially outside your usual areas of competence)
Full Definitions of foray

n a sudden short attack

maraud, raid
air attack, air raid
an attack by armed planes on a surface target
a very rapid raid
Type of:
incursion, penetration
an attack that penetrates into enemy territory

v steal goods; take as spoils

despoil, loot, pillage, plunder, ransack, reave, rifle, strip
deplume, displume
strip of honors, possessions, or attributes
Type of:
take by force

v briefly enter enemy territory

Type of:
penetrate, perforate
pass into or through, often by overcoming resistance

n an initial attempt (especially outside your usual areas of competence)

“scientists' forays into politics”
Type of:
attempt, effort, endeavor, endeavour, try
earnest and conscientious activity intended to do or accomplish something

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