- to forbid
- to ward off; prevent
Origin of forfendMiddle English forfenden: see for- and fend
transitive verbfor·fend·ed, for·fend·ing, for·fends, also fore·fend·ed or fore·fend·ing or fore·fends
- To keep or ward off; avert.
- Archaic To forbid.
Origin of forfendMiddle English forfenden for- for- fenden to ward off ; see fend .
(third-person singular simple present forfends, present participle forfending, simple past and past participle forfended)
- This word is dated and becoming obsolete. Mostly used now in set expressions such as heaven forfend.
Middle English forfenden (“to ward off, protect, prohibit”). More at for- + fend.