Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Uncommon; out of the ordinary; superior.
  • adv. Past; by; beyond.
  • adv. Uncommonly; exceptionally.
  • prep. Beyond; past; more than; greater than; over and above; moreover.
  • prep. (of time) Past; gone by; over.
  • prep. Near; beside; by, close to.
  • prep. On one side; out of the way.
  • prep. Besides; in addition to; as well as; not to mention.
  • prep. With the exception of; not taking into account.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adv. Near; hard by; along; past.
  • prep. See Forby, adv.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • By; past; near.
  • Beyond; besides; over and above.
  • By; past; near; hard by.
  • Beyond; besides; over and above.

Etymologies

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From Middle English forby, forbi, of Middle Low German or North Germanic origin, equivalent to fore- +‎ by. Compare Dutch voorbij ("past"), Low German vorbi, vörbi, German vorbei ("gone, past"), Danish forbi, Swedish förbi. More at fore, by.

Examples

  • • We will cut the main rate of corporation tax to 25p and the small companies 'rate to 20p, paid forby scrapping complex reliefs and allowances

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  • Scots, forby all they ate and drank — no, no, sir, I stand beyond challenge; but as for plaguing myself with county business, let them that aught the mare shoe the mare.

    Redgauntlet

  • So, wave the white flag, boys and girls; it's all over but theBenediction as four days fromnow the delegates shuffle from the Pepsi Center and Invesco Field and all the variousgatherings sponsored and paid forby those Blessed Corporate Souls such as AT&T, Comcast, General Motors, Microsoft, Motorola and on and on and on ...

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  • “And natural it is,” said Tibb, “seeing that she is convent-bred, and can lay silk broidery, forby white-seam and shell-work.”

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  • “I wish there wasna sic a bird as a goose in the wide warld, forby the clecking that we hae at the burn-side.”

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  • And then came that English knight, if it please you, and if he hasna killed my son outright, he has chased him aff the gate, and it may be lang eneugh ere I see him again — forby the damage done to outer door and inner door.

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  • If you are going to teach MYCHILD in a public schoolwhere your salary ispaid forby mytax dollarsand who's doors open because of taxpayers who pay to keep the heat on and the electricity running .....

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  • “I canna do that, Laird,” replied Jeanie; “the twa words I have to say to ye I can say here; forby that Mrs. Balchristie.”

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  • But gang thy way, honest Geordie; thou art a good plain man, but nane of the seven sages of Greece; gang thy way, and mind the soothfast word which you spoke, small time syne, that there is one in this land that comes near to Solomon, King of Israel, in all his gifts, except in his love to strange women, forby the daughter of

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  • “Na, but,” said Cuddie, “there was another reason forby; for the young leddy —”

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