From Middle English forslowen, forslewen (“to neglect”), from Old English forslāwian, forslǣwan (“to be slow, unwilling, delay, put off”), equivalent to for- + slow.
forslow (third-person singular simple present forslows, present participle forslowing, simple past and past participle forslowed)
- (transitive, obsolete) To be dilatory about; put off; postpone; neglect; omit.
- 1599, Ben Jonson, Every Man out of His Humour, V.8:
- If you can think upon any present means for his delivery, do not foreslow it.
- (transitive, obsolete) To delay; hinder; impede; obstruct.
- 1596, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, IV.10:
- But by no meanes my way I would forslow / For ought that ever she could doe or say […]
- 1682, John Dryden, Epistles, XIII:
- The wond'ring Nereids, though they rais'd no storm, / Foreslow'd her passage, to behold her form.
- (intransitive, obsolete) To be slow or dilatory; loiter.