tofore

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English[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

  • toforne (14th – 16th centuries)

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English tofore, from Old English tōforan (in front of), from (to) + foran (front, fore-part, n.), dative case of fora (front). Compare Dutch tevoren (previously), German zuvor (before, previously). More at to, fore.

Preposition[edit]

tofore

  1. (obsolete) Before.

Adverb[edit]

tofore (not comparable)

  1. (obsolete) Before.
    1592, William Shakespeare, Titus Andronicus:
    Farewell, Lavinia, my noble sister ; O would thou wert as thou tofore hast been!

Conjunction[edit]

tofore

  1. (obsolete) Before.

Anagrams[edit]