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From Middle English, variation of ferne (old, long ago, distant, past), from Old English fyrn (former, ancient), from Proto-Germanic *furnaz, *fernaz, *firnijaz (old, former), from Proto-Indo-European *per- (next, of, out, through). More at fern.

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forne (comparative more forne, superlative most forne)

  1. (obsolete) Former.
    • (Can we date this quote?) John Udall
      The Camel's hous; whiche it is saied that a certain king / In forne yeares, when he had on a drumedarie camele escaped the handes of his enemies, builded there.

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forne

  1. absolute definite natural masculine form of forn.