This was afore he got married, Sim; his wife's tamed him a little.
You see if I don't, an' afore another night goes over my head!
Here's a bit of a treeho, lads, as I bought in Brummagem the day afore yesterday.
Not he—he's no conjuror: many's the dozen tricks I played him afore now.
An' I'm thinkin', Liz,' says I, 'he'll say things no man ever said afore—t' you.'
The very day afore he died, he cut that with his pocket-knife from memory!
There was never the wale of him sinsyne, and it's a question wi' mony if there ever was his like afore.
If—if we row like this afore we're married what'll it be afterwards?
"Where his betters have been 'afore him," answered the Mummy.
I got him to ask me—he'd as much as asked me afore—and then I made him sign that paper.
Old English onforan "before, at the beginning of, in front of," from phrase on foran, from on (prep.) + foran (adv.) "in front," dative of for.
In some cases probably it represents Old English ætforan "at-fore." Once the literary equivalent of before, now it has mostly been replaced by that word except in nautical use and in combinations such as aforesaid and aforethought.