forby

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English[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English forby, forbi, of Middle Low German or North Germanic origin, equivalent to fore- +‎ by. Compare Dutch voorbij (past), Low German vorbi, vörbi, German vorbei (gone, past), Danish forbi, Swedish förbi. More at fore, by.

Pronunciation[edit]

Adjective[edit]

forby (comparative more forby, superlative most forby)

  1. (UK dialectal, Northern England, Scotland, archaic) Uncommon; out of the ordinary; extraordinary; superior.
    He's a forbye man.

Adverb[edit]

forby (comparative more forby, superlative most forby)

  1. (UK dialectal, Northern England, Scotland, archaic) Past; by; beyond.
    • 1899, Richard Garnett, Alois Leonhard Brandl, The universal anthology:
      To see the world and folk that went forby, [...]
  2. (UK dialectal, Northern England, Scotland, archaic) Uncommonly; exceptionally.
    He was forby kind.

Preposition[edit]

forby

  1. (UK dialectal, Northern England, Scotland, archaic) Beyond; past; more than; greater than; over and above; moreover.
  2. (UK dialectal, Northern England, Scotland, archaic, of time) Past; gone by; over.
  3. (UK dialectal, Northern England, Scotland, archaic) Near; beside; by, close to.
    • 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, II.viii:
      Those were the two sonnes of Acrates old / Who meeting earst with Archimago slie, / Foreby that idle strond, of him were told, / That he, wich earst them combatted, was Guyon bold.
  4. (UK dialectal, Northern England, Scotland, archaic) On one side; out of the way.
  5. (UK dialectal, Northern England, Scotland, archaic) Besides; in addition to; as well as; not to mention.
    There was other six forby me.
  6. (UK dialectal, Northern England, Scotland, archaic) With the exception of; not taking into account.

Norwegian Bokmål[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Norse fyrirbjóða

Verb[edit]

forby (imperative forby, present tense forbyr, simple past forbød or forbøy or forbydde, past participle forbudt or forbydd)

  1. to ban
  2. to forbid
  3. to prohibit

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