afore

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See also: afore-

English[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Middle English afore, aforn, from Old English onforan or ætforan. (a- +‎ fore)

Pronunciation[edit]

Adverb[edit]

afore (not comparable)

  1. (dialect) Before.
    • Shakespeare
      If he have never drunk wine afore, it will go near to remove his fit.
    • 1913, Joseph C. Lincoln, chapter 1, Mr. Pratt's Patients:
      A chap named Eleazir Kendrick and I had chummed in together the summer afore and built a fish-weir and shanty at Setuckit Point, down Orham way. For a spell we done pretty well.
  2. (nautical) In the fore part of a ship.

Preposition[edit]

afore

  1. before
    • 1989: Edward Chisnall, Bell in the tree; The Glasgow story
      "Oh aye!" his face lit up with a smile. "I mind that! Where was that?" "That was us when we all worked in the shop, afore the War." "Oh aye …?" he frowned. "Who …?" She took the photograph back from him and reached inside her apron pocket for her spectacles.

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Scots[edit]

Adverb[edit]

afore (not comparable)

  1. before

Preposition[edit]

afore

  1. before

Spanish[edit]

Verb[edit]

afore

  1. Formal second-person singular (usted) imperative form of aforar.
  2. First-person singular (yo) present subjunctive form of aforar.
  3. Formal second-person singular (usted) present subjunctive form of aforar.
  4. Third-person singular (él, ella, also used with usted?) present subjunctive form of aforar.