forby or for·bye [fawr-bahy] ExamplesWord Origin preposition, adverb Chiefly Scot.

  1. close by; near.
  2. besides.

Origin of forby Middle English word dating back to 1200–50; see origin at for-, by1 Examples from the Web for forby Historical Examples of forby

  • But I must be off, lass; for I’ve the horses to get ready, forby the shortness of the time.

    The Shadow of a Crime

    Hall Caine

  • Forby thinks it may be derived from the Italian gozzo, a throat.

    Notes and Queries, Number 52, October 26, 1850


  • Forby, on occasion like this, I’ll fetch it an’ take all the blame for that same.

    Reels and Spindles

    Evelyn Raymond

  • Forby remarks that the combination is an East-Anglian provincialism.

    Shakespeare’s Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet

    William Shakespeare

  • They’re rich an’ can afford it, an’ forby they need them an’ we don’t.

    The Underworld

    James C. Welsh

  • British Dictionary definitions for forby forby forbye preposition, adverb Scot

    1. besides; in addition (to)
    2. obsolete near; nearby

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