[ uh-fawr, uh-fohr ]
/ əˈfɔr, əˈfoʊr /

adverb, preposition, conjunction Older Use.

Nearby words

  1. afnor,
  2. afocal,
  3. afognak,
  4. afonso,
  5. afoot,
  6. aforehand,
  7. aforementioned,
  8. aforesaid,
  9. aforethought,
  10. aforetime

Origin of afore

before 900; late Middle English; Middle English aforne, aforen, Old English on foran. See a-1, fore1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for afore


/ (əˈfɔː) /

adverb, preposition, conjunction

an archaic or dialect word for before
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Word Origin and History for afore



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 Once the literary equivalent of before, now it has mostly been replaced by that word except in nautical use and in combinations such as aforesaid and aforethought.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper