Forward \For"ward\, a.
1. Near, or at the fore part; in advance of something else;
as, the forward gun in a ship, or the forward ship in a
2. Ready; prompt; strongly inclined; in an ill sense,
overready; too hasty.
Only they would that we should remember the poor;
the same which I also was forward to do. --Gal. ii.
Nor do we find him forward to be sounded. --Shak.
3. Ardent; eager; earnest; in an ill sense, less reserved or
modest than is proper; bold; confident; as, the boy is too
forward for his years.
I have known men disagreeably forward from their
shyness. --T. Arnold.
4. Advanced beyond the usual degree; advanced for the season;
as, the grass is forward, or forward for the season; we
have a forward spring.
The most forward bud
Is eaten by the canker ere it blow. --Shak.