from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An example; model; pattern
  • n. A parable; fable
  • n. A proverb, byspel
  • v. To give as an example.
  • v. To furnish with examples.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To give as an example.
  • To furnish with examples.
  • n. An example; a model; a pattern.
  • n. A parable; a fable.
  • n. A proverb.


From Middle English forbisen, forbison, forbysen, forbysne, forbus ("example"), from Old English forebȳsen ("example"), from fore- + bȳsen ("model, exemplar, pattern, parable, command"), from Proto-Germanic *būsniz (“command, precept”), from Proto-Germanic *beudanan (“to ask, beg”), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰewdʰ- (“to be awake, perceive fully”). Cognate with Old Saxon am-busan ("a command, precept"), Gothic 𐌰𐌽𐌰𐌱𐌿𐍃𐌽𐍃 (anabusns, "a command"), Old Norse bȳsn ("wonder, premonition"). More at bid. (Wiktionary)


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