forban

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle French fourban, from Old French forsban, forban (pirate, privateer, banishment), deverbal of Old French forbannir (to banish, exile), from Frankish *furbannjan, *firbannjan (to ban, banish), from Proto-Germanic *fra- + Proto-Germanic *bannijaną (to request, damn, curse), from Proto-Indo-European *bhā- (to say, pronounce). Cognate with Dutch verbannen (to outcast, banish, exile), German verbannen (to banish, exile), Norwegian forbanne (to curse). More at for-, ban.

Noun[edit]

forban m (plural forbans)

  1. (archaic) pirate
  2. rogue, scoundrel; an unscrupulous individual capable of any wrongdoing

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