afore /əˈfor, ˈfɔr/
1. Before. [Obs.]
If he have never drunk wine afore. --Shak.
2. Naut. In the fore part of a vessel.
1. Before (in all its senses). [Archaic]
2. Naut. Before; in front of; farther forward than; as, afore the windlass.
Afore the mast, among the common sailors; -- a phrase used to distinguish the ship's crew from the officers.