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From Late Middle English forwayen, forweyen (to go astay, go out of the way), partly equivalent to for- +‎ way (compare Old English forweġan (to overcome, kill)); and partly continuing, in altered form, Middle English forveien, forsveien, forvoyen (to err, go astray), from Old French forsveer, forvoier (to go astray, err).


forway (third-person singular simple present forways, present participle forwaying, simple past and past participle forwayed)

  1. (intransitive, obsolete) To go out of the way; go astray; err; make a mistake; sin.