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 (fər-nĕnt′) or for·ninst (-nĭnst′) also fer·ninst (-nĭnst′)
prep. Chiefly Midland US
Opposite, near to, or against: Their barn is fornent the house.

[Dialectal (Scotland, northern England, and Ireland) : fore + anent, anenst (from Middle English; see anent).]
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I stood forninst him, an' 'twas not me oi alone that cud tell Peg was dhrunk as a coot.
Now, I'm here, as ye can well see, an' the model of the dhirty ould Kathleen, that took me a month to make, I gave ut to the priest, an' he hung Ut up forninst the altar.
how iver did I come forninst this say iv wather, just crapin in quiet afther a bit iv sthroll wid Mike Mahoney, me own b'y, that 's to marry me intirely, come Saint Patrick's day nixt.