Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)
FORFECHT, v., refl. To exhaust, wear oneself out. Rare.
Abd. 1871 W. Alexander Johnny Gibb xxx.:
Fat needs fowk forfecht themsells fan they hae plenty?
The word, however, is regularly found only in ppl.adj.: forfochten; also forfo(u)ch(t)en, -in, -an, -foochen, -fuchan; -faichen, -fachten; -feuchen, -an (mostly s.Sc.); -fough(t)en, -on, -faugh(t)en, -foghan; variants with fer-, fur-, and fore-; -fo(u)cht, for(e)fought (mostly ne.Sc.), -feucht (Sc. 1849 A. Bell Melodies Scot. 4), and irreg. form ferfaughaned (Uls. 1931 Northern Whig (11 Dec.)). For forms cf. Fecht, v., A.
‡1. Exhausted with fighting, fought to a standstill; 2. Hence in gen., played out with any kind of effort, extremely fatigued; sorely harassed; puffed. Gen.Sc. [Sc. fər′foxən, ′fɔx-, -′fx-, occas. -tən, ne.Sc. + -′fɔxt, s.Sc. -′fjux(ʍ)ən]
1. Lnk. c.1779 D. Graham Writings (1883) II. 16:
They stood a' round about like as many breathless forfoughen cocks. Sc. 1784 Hobie Noble in
Child Ballads No. 189. xxviii.:
I'm but like a forfoughen hound, Has been fighting in a dirty syke. Ayr. 1787 Burns Letters (ed. Ferguson) No. 112:
I'm sitten down here, after seven and forty miles ridin', e'en as forjesket and forniaw'd as a forfoughten cock. Edb. 1791 J. Learmont Poems 167:
Till F[ox] for-foughen, quat the field, An' peghin', low did wear his shield. Sc. 1818 Scott Rob Roy xxviii.:
This good little gentleman, that seems sair forfoughen, as I may say, in this tuilzie. Slk. 1835 Hogg Mary Montgomery (1874) 594:
I was sair woundit an' forefoughten. Rxb. 1901 W. Laidlaw Poetry and Prose 63:
The Veitches, though forfouchen sore, And sev'ral wounded in the fray. Wgt. 1912 A.O.W.B. Fables 27:
An', while they focht, he bore the prey awa'. Baith Tods, forfouchen, gree'd to tak a share. Sc. 1923 R. A. Taylor Fiammetta 76:
For quhat, ye, sair forfoucht and leal, Sic arles o' bluid wad pay? 2. Abd. 1754 R. Forbes Jnl. from London 27:
I hae been sae eident writin journals that I hae been quite forfoughen wi' them. Edb. 1773 R. Fergusson Poems (1925) 48:
My friend, thir hunder years and mair, We've been forfoughen late and air. Kcb. 1814 W. Nicholson Tales 98:
Till sair for-fought wi' grief and pinin', She finds a nest ayont your kennin'. Sc. 1823 Wilson Marg. Lyndsay xxxi.:
Aiblins I might be oure sair forefeuchan wi' the seven year auld lying lea. wm.Sc. 1827 T. Hamilton Cyril Thornton (1848) vi.:
It's nine hours since a morsel has passed my thrapple, and I'm sair forfachten for want o' something. Bnff. 1856 J. Collie Poems 72:
I trow he was a jovial blade, But sair forefought was he, O. Abd. 1863 G. Macdonald D. Elginbrod x.:
Gin ye tyauve at it aboon yer strenth, ye'll be clean forfochten. Ayr. 1887 J. Service Dr Duguid 131:
We . . . arrived forfochen, spent, and drookit to the skin. Kcb. 1893 Crockett Stickit Minister 136:
I'm sair forfoughten wi' the wun. Rxb. 1925 E. C. Smith Mang Howes 16:
Whan yince A'd gotten ti the top o the rig, an — forfeuchen a weilock — hed hoakkert doon on ti ma hunkers till A gethert back ma braith. Abd. 1940 C. Gavin Hostile Shore vii.:
Sax mile o' traivellin' on top o' sic a day! Ye must be fair forfochen — tired oot, I ocht to say.
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