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[aft, ahft] /æft, ɑft/ 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.
Origin of aft1
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


[aft, ahft] /æft, ɑft/
adverb, Scot.




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Examples from the web for aft
  • When the electrical harnesses came to be fitted in the forward and aft fuselage sections, many didn't connect with each other.
  • Its reflection created a path of light on the calm waters that led to the aft working deck.
  • Fire broke out at the aft end of the flight deck as the ship was preparing to launch the second strike of the day.
  • Water cannons bristle off the bow and the aft helicopter deck.
  • The bulge at the aft end of the fuselage can be seen in the pictures.
  • The instrument cluster slides fore and aft to accommodate a range of driver-seat positions.
  • One by one, the crew drops through hatches fore and aft.
  • And when the three-chimed whistle on the aft end of the third stack blew, he put his hands over his ears.
  • The chop in the water causes the boat to pitch fore and aft.
  • It was war in which one hand rarely knew what the other was doing and carefully planned offensives ganged aft agley.
British Dictionary definitions for aft


adverb, adjective
(mainly nautical) towards or at the stern or rear: the aft deck, aft of the engines
Word Origin
C17: perhaps a shortened form of earlier abaft
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Word Origin and History for aft

Old English æftan "from behind, behind, farthest back," from superlative of Old English æf, af, of "away, away from, off" (see of). The Germanic superlative suffix *-ta corresponds to PIE *-to (cf. Greek protos "first," superlative of pro "before"). Now purely nautical.

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