or for·bye

[ fawr-bahy ]

preposition, adverbChiefly Scot.
  1. close by; near.

  2. besides.

Origin of forby

First recorded in 1200–50; Middle English forbi “past in space or time,” from for- “fore-” + by; see fore1, by

Words Nearby forby Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use forby in a sentence

  • forby I'll maybe be able to pay him mair than plenty ithers could pay him, an' that is efter a' the point to be maist considered.

    The Underworld | James C. Welsh
  • An' forby, we dinna ken but what Mysie micht hae been better if she had never been near it, or worse if she had stayed langer.

    The Underworld | James C. Welsh
  • If I want religion I've a guid richt to hae it; an' forby, if they abolish religion, hoo wad folk do wi' the funerals?

    The Underworld | James C. Welsh
  • An' forby you maun mind that there are ither folk wha'll be vexed if you dinna get better.

    The Underworld | James C. Welsh
  • Ye'll jist tak' it wi ye noo, gin it please ye, sirs—and a' the ither things, forby.

    Morag | Janet Milne Rae

British Dictionary definitions for forby



/ (fɔːˈbaɪ, Scottish fərˈbaɪ) /

preposition, adverbScot
  1. besides; in addition (to)

  2. obsolete near; nearby

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