or for·bye


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 Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for forbye

Historical Examples of forbye

  • 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!


    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.


    (AKA Hugh Foulis) Neil Munro

  • Forbye, a fitba' match doesna improve the mind; it's only sport.


    (AKA Hugh Foulis) Neil Munro

British Dictionary definitions for forbye



preposition, adverb Scot

besides; in addition (to)
obsolete near; nearby
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