From Middle English forhowien, from Old English forhogian (“to neglect, disregard, despise”), equivalent to for- + how. Cognate with Old Saxon farhuggjan, Old High German farhuggan.
forhow (third-person singular simple present forhows, present participle forhowing, simple past and past participle forhowed)
- (transitive, obsolete) To despise; scorn.
- (transitive, Britain dialectal, Scotland) To forsake; quit; abandon; desert.
1881, Gregor, Elk-Lore:
- It was believed that handling any bird's eggs in the nest made the bird forhooie them, [...]
- (transitive, Britain dialectal, Scotland) To cast off; scorn.
1768, Ross, Hclenort:
- Mind what this lass has undergane for you, Since ye did her so treach'rously forhow, [...]