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yore

[yawr, yohr]
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noun
  1. Chiefly Literary. time past: knights of yore.
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adverb
  1. Obsolete. of old; long ago.
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Origin of yore

before 900; Middle English; Old English geāra
Can be confusedyore your you're
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Related Words

historyyesteryearyesterdayantiquityyore

Examples from the Web for yores

Historical Examples

  • There was a friend of yores in a while ago who seemed to be sort of keepin' tabs on him.

    Rimrock Trail

    J. Allan Dunn

  • You play like an angel on that mouth harp of yores, Sam, but you talk like a rasp.

    Rimrock Trail

    J. Allan Dunn

  • I'd have thought them three wives of yores 'ud have taught you the vally of silence.

    Rimrock Trail

    J. Allan Dunn

  • I thought it was a right smart scheme of yores, the way yuh handled Mort.


British Dictionary definitions for yores

yore

noun
  1. time long past (now only in the phrase of yore)
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adverb
  1. obsolete in the past; long ago
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Word Origin

Old English geāra, genitive plural of gēar year; see hour
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Word Origin and History for yores

yore

Old English geara (adv.) "of yore," originally genitive plural of gear (see year), and used without of.

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