Origin of afore
Related Words for aforepreviously, ahead, since, back, sooner, ante, ere, fore, former, formerly, forward, gone, heretofore, past, previous, afore, aforetime, antecedently, anteriorly
Examples from the Web for afore
Historical Examples of afore
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
You see if I don't, an' afore another night goes over my head!Meadow Grass
Now, yer r'yal 'ighness, wot can I do for you afore you goes ashore?The Black Bag
Louis Joseph Vance
- an archaic or dialect word for before
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 Once the literary equivalent of before, now it has mostly been replaced by that word except in nautical use and in combinations such as aforesaid and aforethought.