Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adverb, preposition & conjunction Before.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Before in place; in front: especially in nautical phraseology.
  • Before in time; previously.
  • Before in time.
  • Before in place; nautical, further forward or nearer the bows than: as, afore the windlass.
  • Before in position, station, or rank.
  • In or into the presence of; under the regard or notice of.
  • Before that; before; rather than.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adverb obsolete Before.
  • adverb (Naut.) In the fore part of a vessel.
  • preposition Archaic Before (in all its senses).
  • preposition (Naut.) Before; in front of; farther forward than.
  • preposition among the common sailors; -- a phrase used to distinguish the ship's crew from the officers.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adverb dialect Before.
  • adverb nautical In the fore part of a ship.
  • preposition before

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English, from Old English onforan : on, at; see on + foran, before (from fore; see fore).]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

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