before etymology

English word before comes from Old English butan (Except for, but, unless Without, except.), Old English foran (Before.)

Detailed word origin of before

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
butan Old English (ang) Except for, but, unless Without, except.
foran Old English (ang) Before.
beforan Old English (ang) Before.
before Middle English (enm)
before English (eng) (informal) rather or sooner than. In advance of the time when At a higher or greater position than, in a ranking.. Earlier than (in time).. In front of in space.. In front of, according to a formal system of ordering items.. In store for, in the future of (someone).. In the presence of.. Under consideration, judgment, authority of (someone). At an earlier time.. At the front end.. In advance.

Words with the same origin as before

Descendants of butan
about and baht bout but butt for halibut nor whereabouts
Descendants of foran