aforetime

[ uh-fawr-tahym, uh-fohr- ]
/ əˈfɔrˌtaɪm, əˈfoʊr- /

adverb

in time past; in a former time; previously.

adjective

former; previous.

Nearby words

  1. afore,
  2. aforehand,
  3. aforementioned,
  4. aforesaid,
  5. aforethought,
  6. afoul,
  7. afoul of,
  8. afp,
  9. afr,
  10. afr-

Origin of aforetime

First recorded in 1525–35; afore + time

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British Dictionary definitions for aforetime

aforetime

/ (əˈfɔːˌtaɪm) /

adverb

archaic formerly
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Word Origin and History for aforetime

aforetime

adv.

early 15c., "before the present, in the past," from afore + time (n.).

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