before etymology

Middle 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)

Words with the same origin as before

Descendants of butan
aboute boute but buten
Descendants of foran
forn tofore