From Middle English forwhy, forwhi, from Old English forhwī, forhwȳ (why, wherefore), equivalent to for +‎ why.



  1. (obsolete) Because.
    • 1596, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, IV.12:
      Then did he cast to steale her thence away, / And with him beare where none of her might know: / But all in vaine, for-why he found no way / To enter in […].


forwhy (not comparable)

  1. For what reason, for what cause, why; the reason why, for the reason that
    • Forwhy? Yif thou enforcest thee to assemble money, thow must byreven him his money that hath it. — Chaucer
    • no explanation forwhy the country mouse opened his home to the town mouse is forthcoming... — Gillian Rudd, Making mention of Aesop: Henryson's fable of the two mice, 2006
    • "The BBC must also account forwhy it spends much more money per hour than its commercial rivals on breakfast and drive time shows," he said.BBC under fire over high pay for presenters, 2009
  2. On account of which
    • I ne finde no3t atte frume Þat þing for whi ihc am hider icume. — Floriz and Blauncheflur
  3. Inasmuch as, since, for
    • That ye to him of hard now been ywonne Oughte he be glad..Forwhi men seith, "impressiounes light Ful lightly been ay redy to the flight." — Chaucer
  4. For which reason, wherefore, therefore
    • Me nedeth here noon other art to use; Forwhi to every lovere I me excuse, ... — Chaucer
  5. In order that, so that
    • In hyr hand A braunche newe, Forwhy that no man sholde her lette. — Le Morte Arthur
  6. On the condition that, provided that, if
    • Thou shalt haue yiftis good, For-why þat thou wilte dwelle with me. — Le Morte Arthur
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