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Definition forby

Etymology

From Middle English forby, forbi, of Middle Low German or North Germanic origin, equivalent to fore- +‎ by. Compare Saterland Frisian foarbie (“beyond, past”), Dutch voorbij (“past”), Low German vörbi, German vorbei (“gone, past”), Danish forbi, Swedish förbi. More at fore, by.

Adjective

forby (comparative more forby, superlative most forby)

  1. (Britain dialectal, Northern England, Scotland, archaic) Uncommon; out of the ordinary; extraordinary; superior.

Adverb

forby (comparative more forby, superlative most forby)

  1. (Britain dialectal, Northern England, Scotland, archaic) Past; by; beyond.
  2. (Britain dialectal, Northern England, Scotland, archaic) Uncommonly; exceptionally.

Preposition

forby

  1. (Britain dialectal, Northern England, Scotland, archaic) Beyond; past; more than; greater than; over and above; moreover.
  2. (Britain dialectal, Northern England, Scotland, archaic, of time) Past; gone by; over.
  3. (Britain dialectal, Northern England, Scotland, archaic) Near; beside; by, close to.
  4. (Britain dialectal, Northern England, Scotland, archaic) On one side; out of the way.
  5. (Britain dialectal, Northern England, Scotland, archaic) Besides; in addition to; as well as; not to mention.
  6. (Britain dialectal, Northern England, Scotland, archaic) With the exception of; not taking into account.

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