variants or less commonly fernent or forenent or forninst
or less commonly fornenst
or forenenst or ferninst
dialectal : in front of : opposite
a little square fornent the church
dialectal : near to : alongside of : beside, against
left the shovel fornent the fence

Word History


Middle English (Scots dialect) fornent, forenent, fornentis, from Middle English for-, fore- fore + anent or anentes anenst

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“Fornent.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 May. 2024.

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