forby

preposition
for·​by | \ fȯr-ˈbī How to pronounce forby (audio) \
variants: or forbye

Definition of forby

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 archaic

a : past
b : near
2 chiefly Scotland : besides

forby

adverb
variants: or forbye

Definition of forby (Entry 2 of 2)

chiefly Scotland
: besides : in addition

First Known Use of forby

Preposition

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Adverb

1590, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for forby

Preposition

Middle English forby, preposition & adverb, from fore- + by

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