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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. 2018.
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  • Dinna shout so, man—I have ears to hear, forbye ye irritate Wullie.

    Bob, Son of Battle Alfred Ollivant
  • And forbye that, there was a wee bit mud on the floor and a tacket mark in that!

    Simon J. Storer Clouston
  • And, forbye, I doobt I wadna be that sair content wi' her noo gin I had her.

    Robert Falconer George MacDonald
  • forbye, I was too busy keepin' doon the man frae Ardentinny.

    Erchie (AKA Hugh Foulis) Neil Munro
  • forbye, a fitba' match doesna improve the mind; it's only sport.

    Erchie (AKA Hugh Foulis) Neil Munro
  • forbye, you are old, and your fingers are slow on the grace-notes.

    The Lost Pibroch Neil Munro
  • forbye it was only for Kate they came, the ghosts; did Bud not hear them last night?

    Bud Neil Munro
  • forbye, Christine, new relations dinna get into their place easy.

    Christine Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
  • And I'll fill your pockets to ye, forbye, out of your ain bag.

    David Balfour, Second Part Robert Louis Stevenson
  • forbye this, child, there is another cloud rising upon the sky of that ill-trysted house of Sutherland.

    Merkland Mrs. Oliphant
British Dictionary definitions for forbye


/fɔːˈbaɪ; Scottish fərˈbaɪ/
preposition, adverb (Scot)
besides; in addition (to)
(obsolete) near; nearby
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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