Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • prep. Chiefly Midland U.S. Opposite, near to, or against: Their barn is ferninst the house.

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  • prep. against

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Dialectal fornent, fornenst : fore + anent, anenst (from Middle English; see anent).

Examples

  • "Bossy had roamed away off ferninst the thicket," she told Robert, "and ginst I got there to where she was usin 'I scratched the calf of my leg on a briar."

    Blue Ridge Country

  • Well, I had rather be the emissary of the saloons than the assassin of liberty, the slave of a brewer than the blind peon of ignorant prejudice, while if morality consists in attending to my neighbor's business to the neglect of my own, then I'm ferninst it, first, last and all the time.

    The Complete Works of Brann the Iconoclast, Volume 12

  • Those pink-satin evening slippers simply lose all their display value when you stick those red-kid bed-slippers right up ferninst them that way.

    The Innocents A Story for Lovers

  • There s two parties among the aristocrats, those for the government and those ferninst.

    Bucky O'Connor

  • "It's right ferninst where yer afther stan'in, up the stairs on the corner of Granefield Coort -- over there, bedad."

    Duffels

  • Divil a wan o 'me knows how fer to sarcumvint the throuble widout we takes you, Doyley, an' the young pigs, an 'shtrings ye all up o' nights ferninst the wall. "

    Tin-Types Taken in the Streets of New York A Series of Stories and Sketches Portraying Many Singular Phases of Metropolitan Life

  • O’Moore as far from her as they cud get him, an’ put his grave as clost be the wall as they cud go fur the shtones an’ jist ferninst the big gate on the left hand side, an’ berried him last, an’ sorra the good word they had fur him aither.

    Irish Wonders

  • McMurthry’s axceptin’ whin his horse wanted to be shod, the blacksmith’s bein’ ferninst her dure that it ’ud be convaynient fur him to wait at.

    Irish Wonders

  • So he crawled down till he seen, an’ thin, whin he undhershtood, he riz an’ come an’ took a sate on a big shtone ferninst the clift, a shlappin’ his legs wid his hands, an’ roarin’ an’ the wather bilin’ out av his eyes wid laughin’.

    Irish Wonders

  • If they’d kep be the hedge an’ ’round be the foot-bridge, then up the footway the other side o’ the brook an’ ferninst the mill, they’d have kep out o’ sight, an’ been safe enough; but as they were crassin’ the hill, wan av

    Irish Wonders

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