from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adv. Southern & Midland U.S. Before.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adv. Before.
- adv. In the fore part of a ship.
- prep. before
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adv. Before.
- adv. In the fore part of a vessel.
- prep. Before (in all its senses).
- prep. Before; in front of; farther forward than.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- 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.
"I asked you if she wan't a Cahoon; Cahoon was her name afore she married Hall, wan't it?"
"Blest if I've ever 'eard the lingo afore," said Bill.
Noo she's in afore the King, bowed doon upon a knee
Why, a vagrant's a chap that, if he'd all your master owns to-morrow, he'd be on the tramp again afore t 'year were out, and three years wouldn't repair t' mischief he'd leave behind him.
The kerrige's lined with blue satin, 'n' never was sot in afore this mornin '.
Folks oughtenter lay up their treasures on airth; I could n't help thinkin 'on 't, when I see Tiny a wearin' them jewels, jest how vain an 'transitory everythin' is, an 'how the women 't has worn 'em afore is all turned to dust, an' lyin 'in their graves.
"Why weren't we called afore?" asked one of the party.
Shields, years ago; and he called him by his name afore they were well out o 't' river.
I hadn’t time to ask him a word afore he was gone. An’
"Now ... the young 'uns, they want the coins afore the first join is set, afore the barrel holds water, afore the ... ah, what's the use?