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[fawr-bahy] /fɔrˈbaɪ/
preposition, adverb, Chiefly Scot.
close by; near.
Origin of forby
Middle English word dating back to 1200-50; See origin at for-, by1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • But I must be off, lass; for I've the horses to get ready, forby the shortness of the time.

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

  • 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.

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

    The Underworld

    James C. Welsh
  • We are doin' gey weel the noo, an' forby, ye're workin' for it.

    The Underworld

    James C. Welsh
  • I'm nae slave, an' forby, I dinna believe they are weel-aff.

    The Underworld

    James C. Welsh
  • Ah, honey, shure everybody would know that ye didn't grow it—forby they know that th' smoke in here would kill it in a few days.

  • I wonder you dinna think shame, to hold up your face to me, forby the minister.

    Janet's Love and Service Margaret M Robertson
  • Fine thrampin' over the counthry I've had after you—forby givin' us the greatest fright altogether.

British Dictionary definitions for forby


/fɔːˈbaɪ; Scottish fərˈbaɪ/
preposition, adverb (Scot)
besides; in addition (to)
(obsolete) near; nearby
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