forwhy

adverb
for·​why | \ fȯrˈ(h)wī, fȯ(ə)ˈ- \

Definition of forwhy

 (Entry 1 of 2)

chiefly dialectal

forwhy

conjunction
\ " \

Definition of forwhy (Entry 2 of 2)

archaic

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History and Etymology for forwhy

Adverb

Middle English, from Old English for hwī, for hwȳ, from for entry 1 + hwī, hwȳ, instrumental of hwæt what

Conjunction

Middle English, from forwhy, adverb

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“Forwhy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/forwhy. Accessed 4 Dec. 2021.

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