- auger, augurAuger is an Old English word for a tool for boring holes. Augur, from the Latin word for soothsayer, is used occasionally to mean a prophet, but is more usual as a verb in the expressions augur well and augur ill, meaning ‘to portend, to suggest a specific outcome’. Examples:
• Everything augured badly —they weren't meant to be together —E. J. Howard, 1965
• The novel augured well for a successful career in fiction-writing —J. Pope Hennessy.
Modern English usage. 2014.