The Collaborative International Dictionary
Yore \Yore\ (y[=o]r), adv. [OE. [yogh]ore, yare, [yogh]are, AS. ge['a]ra;akin to ge['a]r a year, E. year. [root]204. See Year.] In time long past; in old time; long since. [Obs. or Poetic]
As it hath been of olde times yore.
Which though he hath polluted oft and yore,
Yet I to them for judgment just do fly.
Of yore, of old time; long ago; as, in times or days of
yore. ``But Satan now is wiser than of yore.''
Where Abraham fed his flock of yore.
Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
Old English geara "of yore, formerly, in former times," literally "of years," originally adverbial genitive plural of gear (see year), and used without of. As a noun from mid-14c.
adv. (context obsolete English) In time long past; long ago. n. (context poetic English) time long past
Usage examples of "yore".
All looked as secure and peaceful as in days of yore, when we hunted the stag in the forest, or flushed a bittern in the mere of Pendyke.
Like the Arab ships of yore, it was sewn togethernot by coir, as in the ancient seagoing vessels, but by thousands upon thousands of miles of rope made from monofilament fiber.
The majority of the white people of this town, who dident tend yore nigger funarl, woant have him there.
Egypt, Spain, or Flanders, with the deeds done of yore by Ossian sung, sits contented by the door of the same shieling, restored and beautified, in which he had dreamt away the summers of his youth.
I say an auditor, because it seemed to Bernard that he had grown to be less of a talker than of yore.
And from their amazing skill at casting up accounts upon their fingers, they are regarded with as much veneration as were the disciples of Pythagoras of yore, when initiated into the sacred quaternary of numbers.
City, of thine a single simple door, By some new Power reduplicate, must be Even yet my life-porch in eternity, Even with one presence filled, as once of yore Or mocking winds whirl round a chaff-strown floor Thee and thy years and these my words and me.
For now, since I believed in the reality of seership, and had come to the conclusion that in our bodies lies hidden, as in the caterpillar, the chrysalis which may contain in its turn the butterfly--the symbol of the soul--I no longer remained indifferent, as of yore, to what I witnessed in my Soul-life.
The underclothing of this time was smaller and therefore preferable to yore.
He was smiling, his eyes glittering through the tangled curtain of his brows, bushier than of yore because he had developed a habit of pulling at them.
Backman, like Tim Evans and the cremationists of yore, was inspired by a loathing of funerary pomp.
The gulf between the Socialist group and the Distributist had become far more obvious than of yore: Shaw and Wells would still write for G.
True, there were some British regular troops on duty in Canada in 1866 around which to rally, and they did their duty nobly, but in the operations on the Niagara frontier especially, it was the Canadian volunteers who bore the brunt of battle, and by their devotion to duty, courage and bravery under hostile fire, succeeded in causing the hasty retirement of the Fenian invaders from our shores, and again, as in days of yore, preserved Canada to the Empire, as one of the brightest jewels in the British Crown.
At Corfu we were cheered by once more meeting Sir Charles Sebright, who looked hale and hearty as of yore.
Just as in the days of yore their forefathers excelled in the use of the spear, brandishing and twirling it as easily as an Indian club or singlestick, so they excel to-day in the exercise of their five-foot flint-locks, performing the most dexterous feats on horseback at full gallop.