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forwhy

[fawr-hwahy, -wahy]Archaic.
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adverb
  1. why; wherefore.
conjunction
  1. because.

Origin of forwhy

before 1000; Middle English; Old English for hwī. See for, why
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Historical Examples

  • In o dayes come Ihone baptist prechand in desert of e Iewry, & seyand, Do ȝe penaunce; forwhy e kyngdome of heuyne sal come negh.

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Slice 7

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British Dictionary definitions for forwhy

forwhy

adverb
  1. for what reason; why
conjunction
  1. (subordinating) because

Word Origin

Old English for hwī
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