I. preposition or forbye Etymology: Middle English forby, preposition & adverb, from fore- + by Date: 14th century 1. archaic a. past b. near 2. chiefly Scottish besides II. adverb or forbye Date: 1590 chiefly Scottish besides ; in addition

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  • Forby — For*by , adv. & prep. [See {Foreby}.] Near; hard by; along; past. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] To tell her if her child went ought forby. Chaucer. [1913 Webster] To the intent that ships may pass along forby all the sides of the city without let.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • forby — or forbye [fôr bī′] prep., adv. [ME forbi (see FOR & BY), akin to Ger vorbei] Chiefly Scot. besides …   English World dictionary

  • forby — /fawr buy /, prep., adv. Chiefly Scot. 1. close by; near. 2. besides. Also, forbye. [1200 50; ME; see FOR , BY] * * * …   Universalium

  • forby — preposition /fəˈbʌɪ/ Besides, as well as, not to mention. Those were the two sonnes of Acrates old / Who meeting earst with Archimago slie, / Foreby that idle strond, of him were told, / That he, wich earst them combatted, was Guyon bold …   Wiktionary

  • forby — Cleveland Dialect List besides, over and above, moreover: forbi a that …   English dialects glossary

  • forby — past; near Forthright s Forsoothery …   Phrontistery dictionary

  • forby — n British a Jew. London rhyming slang in current usage. A descriptive, rather than an intrinsically offensive term. A four by two is a standard size of timber plank used for rafters, etc. (In the USA it is known as a two by four.) …   Contemporary slang

  • forby — prep. == beyond. Ps. xx. 7; xliv. 3 …   Oldest English Words

  • forby — for·by …   English syllables

  • forby — …   Useful english dictionary

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