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Forthir, adv. Also: forthyr(e, forthire, forther(e, forthar, forthour. [ME. forthir(e, forther(e, forðere, ONhb. forðer, -or, -ur, var. of furþere, furðer, OE. furður. Cf. Forder adv.]

1. More forward or onward. 1375 Barb. vi. 616.
I will na forthir [E. forthyr], bot richt heir Byde
a1400 Leg. S. xvi. 847.
Al his strynth falȝet sa That he mycht na forthyr ga
c1420 Wynt. viii. 6938.
Durst nane pres forthir that war by
c1475 Wall. iv. 28.
The hors was tyryt, and mycht no forthyr pas
a1500 Gol. & Gaw. 109.
The freik na forthir he faris, bot foundis away
1498 Reg. Privy S. I. 38/1.
To big twa fute of a stair fort[h]ar than his esdrop of his hous
1533 Bell. Livy I. 247/25.
Howbeit he mycht haue diffait thame eselie, … he persewit na forther
c1552 Lynd. Mon. 1959.
We moste knaw, or we forthair wend, Off quhome King Nynus did discend
1577 Reg. Soltre 233.
Gif he passit forthour, his dayis iurnay to be allowit and payit
1622-6 Bisset I. 21/11.
If no eagill evir soreth hyer, nor forthir luikt

2. Further, in addition, more. 1375 Barb. vii. 139.
Forthir aquynt quhile that we be, All be ȝour-self forrouth ga
a1400 Leg. S. Prol. 60.
Syne tuk I one hand to tret Forthire, & of the ewangel speke
Ib. ii. 172.
Nero … bad, That nane suld noy cristine mare, Till he forthyre awisit ware
1445 Aberd. B. Rec. I. 13.
We pray yhou effectuouslie, … that yhe assist forthir
a1499 Contempl. Sinn. 297.
Rewolf forthere gif evir thow mony knewe Spendand thair ȝouth in synnis criminale
1533 Gau 27/25.
We man forthir … reid the halie writ and noth alanerlie thir xii articulis
1547 Maxwell Mem. I. 291.
We will nocht that he be ony forther cummerit in the said mater
1555 Peebles B. Rec. 218.
[The council] ordanis tua wechis to be maid nychtlie at the baillies devise quhill thai be forthir avisit

b. Introducing a statement, usually with and preceding. a1400 Leg. S. xv. 95.
And forthire to thame prechit he The haly treutht
1405 Antiq. Aberd. & B. III. 200.
And forthir thare atoure the saide Erle … sal [etc.]
1456 Hay I. 245/17.
And forthir thai may put fyre
1489 Wemyss Chart. 114.
And forthere, giffe God vesys the said Dame Margret before the said knycht
1513 Doug. iii. ii. 150.
And forthir eik Syryvs, the frawart star, … So brynt the feildis
1534 Edinb. B. Rec. II. 66.
And forther this frauchting is to be made after the forme [etc.]
a1578 Pitsc. I. 258/29.
Forther scho bad thé nocht mell with no wemen
1622-6 Bisset II. 358/13.
Item … forther alsua in thair tymes [etc.]

c. Followed by than or nor. c1450 Cr. Deyng. 197.
God … tholys ws nocht to be tempt forther than we ma aganestand
1481 Antiq. Aberd. & B. II. 331.
The sade Williame is bundin … neuer to disheres forther than is forsaide
a1578 Pitsc. I. 15/18.
[By] quhat occasioun the chancellar exersit his office forthar nor become him

3. Later or longer in time. c1475 Wall. vi. 70.
So forthyr furth, be ewyn tyme off hir age, A squier Schaw … hyr gat in mariage
1508 Reg. Privy S. I. 248/2.
For the termes of ane ȝere nixt to cum … and forthir enduring the Kingis will
Ib. 253/1.
Alienatioun thairof in heretage, lyferent, or lang takis forthir than thre ȝeris
1529 Edinb. B. Rec. II. 8.
He … to tyne his fredome for ȝeir and day and forther induring the tounis will

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