[fawrth-with, -with, fohrth-]


immediately; at once; without delay: Any official accused of dishonesty should be suspended forthwith.

Origin of forthwith

Middle English word dating back to 1250–1300; see origin at forth, with Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for forthwith

abruptly, straightaway, now, directly, instantly, away, quickly, suddenly

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at once; immediately
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Word Origin and History for forthwith

c.1200 (prep); early 14c. (adv.), from forth + with. The Old English equivalent was forð mid.

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