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afore

[uh-fawr, uh-fohr] /əˈfɔr, əˈfoʊr/
adverb, preposition, conjunction, Older Use.
1.
Origin of afore
late Middle English
900
before 900; late Middle English; Middle English aforne, aforen, Old English on foran. See a-1, fore1
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  • An' I'm thinkin', Liz,' says I, 'he'll say things no man ever said afore—t' you.'

  • Never seed nothin' like that afore—no, lads, not in all my life.

  • I hadn't been in the Bible class five minutes afore I guessed how he was carryin' on.

    Tiverton Tales Alice Brown
  • You see if I don't, an' afore another night goes over my head!

    Meadow Grass Alice Brown
  • Now, yer r'yal 'ighness, wot can I do for you afore you goes ashore?

    The Black Bag Louis Joseph Vance
  • Not he—he's no conjuror: many's the dozen tricks I played him afore now.

  • For there's something waur noo, and has been for some time, than ever was there afore!

    Salted With Fire George MacDonald
  • The very day afore he died, he cut that with his pocket-knife from memory!

    Barnaby Rudge Charles Dickens
  • It got 'most dinner time and he had an appetite that he hadn't had afore for months.

    Thankful's Inheritance Joseph C. Lincoln
  • I got him to ask me—he'd as much as asked me afore—and then I made him sign that paper.

    Thankful's Inheritance Joseph C. Lincoln
British Dictionary definitions for afore

afore

/əˈfɔː/
adverb, preposition, conjunction
1.
an archaic or dialect word for before
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Word Origin and History for afore
adv.

Old English onforan "before, at the beginning of, in front of," from phrase on foran, from on (prep.) + foran (adv.) "in front," dative of for.

In some cases probably it represents Old English ætforan "at-fore." Once the literary equivalent of before, now it has mostly been replaced by that word except in nautical use and in combinations such as aforesaid and aforethought.

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