forbisen

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Middle English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old English forebȳsen ‎(example), from fore- + bȳsen ‎(model, exemplar, pattern, parable, command), from Proto-Germanic *būsniz ‎(command, precept), from Proto-Germanic *beudaną ‎(to ask, beg), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰewdʰ- ‎(to be awake, perceive fully). Cognate with Old Saxon am-busan ‎(a command, precept), Gothic 𐌰𐌽𐌰𐌱𐌿𐍃𐌽𐍃 ‎(anabusns, a command), Old Norse býsn ‎(wonder, premonition). More at bid.

Noun[edit]

forbisen (plural forbisens)

  1. an example or or model (to be imitated); a precedent
  2. a parable or fable; a proverb

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