for- etymology

Middle English word for- comes from Old English fōre-, Old English for-

Detailed word origin of for-

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
fōre- Old English (ang)
for- Old English (ang) Forming verbs from verbs with various senses especially ‘wrongly, away from, astray, abstention, prohibition, perversion, destruction’. Used to create intensified adjectives and verbs from other adjectives and verbs, with the sense of completely or fully. Compare Modern English use of up. Very.
vor- Middle English (enm)

Words with the same origin as for-

Descendants of fōre-
forbarren forbeaten forcasten forcleven forcoveren fore- foresetten forethynken foretokne forgreithen forhed forscheawen forspeche forthinken forthynken forwiten
Descendants of for-
forblowen forbowen forbrinnen forburnen forclingen fordrenchen fordriven fordwinen forleden forleren forneh forseen forsetten forshetten forspeken forstoppen forwaxen forwerpen foryiven forȝiven