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From Middle English forslowen, forslewen (to neglect), from Old English forslāwian, forslǣwan (to be slow, unwilling, delay, put off), equivalent to for- +‎ slow.


forslow (third-person singular simple present forslows, present participle forslowing, simple past and past participle forslowed)

  1. (transitive, obsolete) To be dilatory about; put off; postpone; neglect; omit.
    • 1599, Ben Jonson, Every Man out of His Humour, V.8:
      If you can think upon any present means for his delivery, do not foreslow it.
  2. (transitive, obsolete) To delay; hinder; impede; obstruct.
    • 1596, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, IV.10:
      But by no meanes my way I would forslow / For ought that ever she could doe or say []
    • 1682, John Dryden, Epistles, XIII:
      The wond'ring Nereids, though they rais'd no storm, / Foreslow'd her passage, to behold her form.
  3. (intransitive, obsolete) To be slow or dilatory; loiter.


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