- toforne (14th – 16th centuries)
From Middle English tofore, from Old English tōforan (“in front of”), from tō (“to”) + foran (“front, fore-part”, n.), dative case of fora (“front”). Compare Dutch tevoren (“previously”), German zuvor (“before, previously”). More at to, fore.
tofore (not comparable)
- (obsolete) Before.
1592, William Shakespeare, Titus Andronicus:
- Farewell, Lavinia, my noble sister ; O would thou wert as thou tofore hast been!