What does afore mean?
The definition of afore
A*fore”, adv.
Etym: [OE. afore, aforn, AS. onforan or ætforan; pref. a- + fore.]

1 Before. [Obs.] If he have never drunk wine afore. Shak.
2 (Naut.)
In the fore part of a vessel.

A*fore”, prep.
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.