Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)
FOR-, pref. Also fore-, fur-, fer-, fir-, ¶fair-. [fər-, always unaccented.] Used much as in Eng., in the following usages:
1. As an intensive = completely, quite, with marked effect, to some purpose: (1) with finite verbs, and nouns derived from verbs, e.g. Forfluther, Forlaithie, and, with weakened force, Forbear, Forgaither; (2) with pa.p., freq. implying exhaustion, great weariness, e.g. Forfairn, Forfleeit, Forfochten, Forjeskit, Forwandert;
4. Implying to undo, reverse, do the opposite of, the action of the simple verb: e.g. Forthink.
5. The prefix is freq. confused with Fore-, pref., as in the variant forms foragainst, forbear, fornent, with the resultant tendency to throw the accent forward on the second element of the compound.
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