This was afore he got married, Sim; his wife's tamed him a little.
I teede hey, I tourne it afore it is made in cockes, je fene.
Here's a bit of a treeho, lads, as I bought in Brummagem the day afore yesterday.
There's another key that the mistress used to have afore she died, the creature.
An' I'm thinkin', Liz,' says I, 'he'll say things no man ever said afore—t' you.'
The noise may bring Mr. Peet up here, and—and—I must get in afore he comes.
There was never the wale of him sinsyne, and it's a question wi' mony if there ever was his like afore.
"We mought light the fires now, afore we finish planting Matt," said Kit.
"Where his betters have been 'afore him," answered the Mummy.
I lost my pride, Tumm, as you knows, afore we moved down the Labrador.
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 Once the literary equivalent of before, now it has mostly been replaced by that word except in nautical use and in combinations such as aforesaid and aforethought.