PREPOSITIONS. For == "instead of," "as being"(I.) For, meaning "in front of," is connected with "instead of," "in the place of," "as being." “Or for the lawrell he may gain a scorne.” B. J. on Shakespeare i.e. "instead of the laurel."
“Thyself a queen, for me that was a queen.” Ib. i. 3. 202. Between this and the following meanings we may place
“See what now thou art,
For happy wife, a most distressed widow,
For joyful mother, one that wails the name,
For queen, a very caitiff crown'd with care.
“Learn now, for all.
i.e. "once instead of, or in the place of, all."
“This is for all.
The taints and blames I laid upon myself
For (as being) strangers to my nature.
“How often have I sat crown'd with fresh flowers
“Conscience . . . is turned out of all towns and cities for a
For summer's queen!” B. and F. Fair Sh. i. 1. Hence for is nearly redundant in
There is a play on the word in
“Let the forfeit
Be nominated for an equal pound.
“On went he for a search, and away went I for (packed up in a
basket and treated like) old clothes.
(Where probably hardy means Fr. hardi, "bold;" and "undoubted" means "not frightened," "doubt" like "fear" being used for "frighten.") Perhaps for comes under this head in
“Three dukes of Somerset three-fold renown'd
For hardy and undoubted champions.
i.e. "What is he, as being a fool." It is more intelligible when the order is changed: "For a fool, what is he," i.e. "considered as a fool--it being granted that he is a fool--what kind of fool is he?" So “What is he for a vicar?” B. J. Sil. Wom. iii. 1. med. So in German "was für ein?"
“What is he for a fool that betroths himself to unquietness.