Definitions

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

  • prep. Chiefly Midland U.S. Variant of ferninst.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Same as foreanent.

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Examples

  • I think truly there was not much sleep for Margaret, even as she said, for did not I hear her moving, and I would be thinking of her turning and twisting fornent the image-glass.

    The McBrides A Romance of Arran

  • We came up over the last of the three lonely hills, with bare moorlands and peat hags fornent us, and away below the sea, and I held on for the house on the moor that once was McCurdy's hut.

    The McBrides A Romance of Arran

  • I fear me the town had taken some of the game out of me, for when I saw the big dark horse flatten his ears, the wicked eyes rolling, and the great fore-hoofs drumming on the road, ready to leap and batter the woman and her bairn to a bloody pulp fornent me, my stomach turned, as we say, and I felt sick and giddy.

    The McBrides A Romance of Arran

  • He was sittin 'behind the counter upon the lang three-leggit stool that stood fornent Mr. Weft's desk, and was turning ower the leaves of his ledger, wi' a look which, for auld-fashioned sagaciousness, was wonderfu 'to behold.

    The Mirror of Literature, Amusement, and Instruction Volume 10, No. 275, September 29, 1827

  • By the time you're her age, she'll have a child or two, and'll mebbe be feeling very sorry for herself ... and you'll have the world fornent you still!

    The Foolish Lovers

  • I wondered sair as I sat there fornent the eyes o 'Nerli.

    Robert Louis Stevenson: a record, an estimate, and a memorial

  • When the door was put ajee, and the furm set fornent the fire, I gave

    The Life of Mansie Wauch tailor in Dalkeith

  • Nae doubt their claiths will be very grand, wi 'their crowns on their heads, and their sceptres in their hands, like the great King Ahasuerus when he sate upon his royal throne fornent the gate of his house, as we are told in Scripture.

    The Heart of Mid-Lothian

  • Nae doubt their claiths will be very grand, wi’ their crowns on their heads, and their sceptres in their hands, like the great King Ahasuerus when he sate upon his royal throne fornent the gate of his house, as we are told in Scripture.

    The Heart of Mid-Lothian

  • a sudden I saw this place fornent my eyes, and I just went in, and she was there by her lone.

    The Foolish Lovers

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