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or afterwards

[af-ter-werd, ahf-] /ˈæf tər wərd, ˈɑf-/
at a later or subsequent time; subsequently.
Origin of afterward
before 1000; Middle English; Old English æfterweard, alteration (with -r- of æfter after) of æfteweard, equivalent to æfte-, æftan aft1 + -weard -ward
Can be confused
afterward, afterword. Unabridged
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  • Conroy said so afterwards and Babberly entirely agreed with him.

    The Red Hand of Ulster George A. Birmingham
  • Hope said afterwards that she never swam with such delight as on that day.

    Malbone Thomas Wentworth Higginson
  • afterwards the officer's horse fell with him so that he bruised his head on a stone.

    Beasts, Men and Gods Ferdinand Ossendowski
  • They found her afterwards by her own hearthstone, thrust through by a Frenchman's bill.

    The White Company Arthur Conan Doyle
  • afterwards they went to my room at the end of the corridor and thoroughly searched it.

    The Golden Face William Le Queux
British Dictionary definitions for afterwards


after an earlier event or time; subsequently
Word Origin
Old English æfterweard, æfteweard, from aft + ward
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Word Origin and History for afterwards

c.1300, from afterward (q.v.) + adverbial genitive -s; originally a Northern form.



Old English æftanweard, from æftan "after" (see aft) + -weard suffix indicating direction (see -ward); nautical use as aftward, then expanded by influence of after; variant afterwards shows adverbial genitive.

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