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or for·nent

preposition Midland U.S. and British Dialect.
  1. next to; near to: They walked fornenst one another down the sidewalk.
  2. against; facing; opposite.
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Historical Examples of fornenst

  • You wouldn't do behind his back what you'd be afraid to do fornenst his face, would you?

    The Foolish Lovers

    St. John G. Ervine

  • And when the north is fornenst you, as you say, is the east on your right or your left hand?

  • Fornent, fornenst, forenenst; opposite: he and I sat fornenst each other in the carriage.

  • I will show that are proposition is unconstitutionable, inlegal, and fornenst the compact.

British Dictionary definitions for fornenst


  1. Scot and Northeast English dialect situated against or facing towards
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Word Origin for fornenst

from Scottish, from fore 1 + anenst a variant of archaic anent
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