1 [aft, ahft] Nautical, Aeronautics.
at, close to, or toward the stern or tail: Stow the luggage aft.
situated toward or at the stern or tail: The aft sail was luffing.

before 950; Middle English afte, Old English æftan from behind, equivalent to æf- opposite + -t- suffix of uncertain value + -an suffix marking motion from; cognate with Old Frisian efta, Old Saxon, Old High German aftan, Gothic aftana, Old Norse aptan, Greek opís(s)ō behind; not akin to Greek apó off Unabridged
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aft (ɑːft)
adv, —adj
chiefly nautical towards or at the stern or rear: the aft deck; aft of the engines
[C17: perhaps a shortened form of earlier abaft]

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O.E. æftan "behind, farthest back," from superl. of O.E. æf, af, of "off," from P.Gmc. *af-, from PIE root *apo- "off, away" (cf. Goth. aftana "from behind;" see apo-). Now purely nautical.
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