Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To delay; hinder; impede; obstruct.
  • v. To be dilatory about; put off; postpone; neglect; omit.
  • v. To be slow or dilatory; loiter.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. To loiter.
  • transitive v. To delay; to hinder; to neglect; to put off.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To delay; hinder; impede; obstruct.
  • To be dilatory about; put off; postpone; neglect; omit.
  • To be slow or dilatory; loiter.

Etymologies

From Middle English forslowen, forslewen ("to neglect"), from Old English forslāwian, forslǣwan ("to be slow, unwilling, delay, put off"), equivalent to for- +‎ slow. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • For we find that by the abundant treasure of that country the Spanish king vexes all the princes of Europe, and is become, in a few years, from a poor king of Castile, the greatest monarch of this part of the world, and likely every day to increase if other princes forslow the good occasions offered, and suffer him to add this empire to the rest, which by far exceedeth all the rest.

    The Discovery of Guiana. Paras. 1-49

  • a second travail, and the chances thereof, than to have defaced an enterprise of so great assurance, until I knew whether it pleased God to put a disposition in her princely and royal heart either to follow or forslow (neglect, decline, lose through sloth) the same.

    The Discovery of Guiana

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