Middle English from Old English onforanonatonforanbefore (fromforefore)
American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
Middle English afore, aforn, from Old English onforan or ætforan. (a- + fore)
Afore Sentence Examples
No, Pete spotted them afore they saw us, so we got away.
Edward Wright died, as has been mentioned, in 1615, and his son, Samuel Wright, in the preface states that his father " gave much commendation of this work (and often in my hearing) as of very great use to mariners "; and with respect to the translation he says that " shortly after he had it returned out of Scotland, it pleased God to call him away afore he could publish it."
He was a frequent visitor to Peckham while attending rehearsals of his first major play afore Night Come at the Royal Shakespeare.