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EtymologyEdit

From Middle English forneh, forneah, from Old English fornēah (very nearly, almost, about), equivalent to for- +‎ nigh. Compare similarly formed German beinah, Dutch bijna, both meaning “almost”.

AdverbEdit

fornigh (comparative more fornigh, superlative most fornigh)

  1. (dialectal) Very near
  2. (dialectal, of time) Very nearly; almost.
    It'll be fornigh ten 'ear sin then'

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