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Definition of afore

chiefly dialectal
: before

First Known Use of afore

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for afore

Middle English aforen, aforn, afore, going back to Old English onforan, from on on entry 1 + foran "(from) in front, before," from fore "in front, fore entry 1" + -an, -ane "from (a place)" (going back to Germanic *-na) — more at aft entry 1

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The first known use of afore was before the 12th century

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