From Middle English forsayen (“to renounce”), from Old English forseċġan (“to accuse, accuse falsely, slander, speak about, discourse on”), equivalent to for- + say. Cognate with German versagen (“to refuse, deny”), Swedish försäga (“to misspeak, say too much”). More at for-, say.
- Rhymes: -eɪ
- (archaic) to forbid; to renounce
- (Can we find and add a quotation of Edmund Spenser to this entry?)
- (archaic) to deny, gainsay
- (archaic) to forsake