forbisen

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Middle EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Old English forebȳsen(example), from fore- + bȳsen(model, exemplar, pattern, parable, command), from Proto-Germanic *būsniz(command, precept), from Proto-Germanic *beudaną(to ask, beg), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰewdʰ-(to be awake, perceive fully). Cognate with Old Saxon am-busan(a command, precept), Gothic 𐌰𐌽𐌰𐌱𐌿𐍃𐌽𐍃(anabusns, a command), Old Norse býsn(wonder, premonition). More at bid.

NounEdit

forbisen (plural forbisens)

  1. an example or or model (to be imitated); a precedent
  2. a parable or fable; a proverb

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