See also: yöre
From Middle English yore, yoare, yare, ȝore, ȝare, ȝeare, from Old English ġeāra (literally “of years”), from Proto-Germanic *jērǫ̂, the genitive plural of Proto-Germanic *jērą (“year”). More at year.
- (Received Pronunciation) enPR: yô, IPA(key): /jɔː/
- (General American) enPR: yôr, IPA(key): /jɔɹ/
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- (rhotic, without the horse–hoarse merger) enPR: yōr, IPA(key): /jo(ː)ɹ/
- (non-rhotic, without the horse–hoarse merger) IPA(key): /joə/
- Rhymes: -ɔː(ɹ)
- Homophones: your, you're (accents with the pour–poor merger); yaw (non-rhotic accents with the horse–hoarse merger)
- (poetic) time long past.
- This word comes from the days of yore.
- 1886-88, Richard F. Burton, The Supplemental Nights to the Thousand Nights and a Night:
- In days of yore and times long gone before there was a Sultan of India who begat three sons; the eldest hight Prince Husayn, the second Prince Ali, and the youngest Prince Ahmad; moreover he had a niece, named Princess Nur al-Nihár, the daughter of his cadet brother who, dying early, left his only child under her uncle's charge.
time long past
yore (not comparable)
- (obsolete) In time long past; long ago.
- Which though he hath polluted oft and yore, / Yet I to them for judgment just do fly.