- ( stressed ) IPA: /fɔː/
- ( unstressed ) IPA: /fə/
- ( no longer productive ) Meaning "far", "away"; "from", "out" e.g. forbid, forget, forsay; forbear, fordeem .
- ( no longer productive ) Meaning "completely", "to the fullest extent" e.g. fordo; superseded by combinations with "up" in senses where no upward movement is involved, e.g. forgive = give up ( one's offenses ), forgather = "gather up", forbeat = "beat up", etc .
- ( dialectal ) Very; excessively .
- IPA: /for/
- forming verbs from verbs with various senses especially ‘wrongly, away from, astray, abstention, prohibition, perversion, destruction’
- used to create intensified adjectives and verbs from other adjectives and verbs, with the sense of completely or fully. Compare Modern English use of up
- forlȳtel ( “very little” )
- Towards .
- Directed at, intended to belong to .
- Supporting ( opposite of against ) .
- Because of .
- Over a period of time .
- On behalf of .
- To obtain .
- In the direction of: marks a point one is going toward .
- By the standards of, usually with the implication of those standards being lower than one might otherwise expect .
- Despite, in spite of.
- Used to indicate the subject of a to-infinitive .
- Used to construe various verbs. See the entry for the phrasal verb .
- fro, 'fro, ORF
- hog, pig
From Middle English for-, vor-, from Old English for-, fer-, fær-, fyr- ( “far, away, completely”, prefix ), from the merger of Proto-Germanic *fra- ( "away, away from"; see fro, from ) and Proto-Germanic *fur-, *far- ( “through, completely, fully”, prefix ), from Proto-Indo-European *pro-, *per-, *pr- ( prefix ). Cognate with Scots for-, West Frisian fer-, for-, Dutch ver-, German ver-, Swedish för-, Danish for-, Norwegian for-, Latin per-. More at for .
Proto-Germanic *fer-, *fur-, *fra- ( “away, far” ), from Proto-Indo-European *pro-, *per-, *pr- with a variety of meanings including ‘rejection, destruction, prohibition’. Cognate with Old Frisian for-, Old Saxon far-, for-, Dutch ver-, Old High German fir-, far- ( German ver- ), and, outside Germanic, with Ancient Greek περί, Latin per-, Old Church Slavonic пре- ( Russian пере- ) .
By Wiktionary ( 2012/08/16 18:42 UTC Version )
From Middle English for, from Old English for ( “for, on account of, for the sake of, through, because of, owing to, from, by reason of, as to, in order to” ), from Proto-Germanic *furi ( “for” ), from Proto-Indo-European *peri- ( “around” ). Cognate with West Frisian for, foar ( “for” ), Dutch voor ( “for” ), German für ( “for” ), Danish for ( “for” ), Swedish för ( “for” ), Norwegian for ( “for” ), Icelandic fyrir ( “for” ), Latin per ( “by, through, for, by means of” ), Ancient Greek περί ( peri, “for, about, toward” ), Lithuanian per ( “by, through, during” ), Sanskrit परि ( pári, “over, around” ) .
From Proto-Germanic *fura
fōr f .
fōr m .