aft (adv.)

Old English æftan "from behind, behind, farthest back," superlative of Old English æf, af, of "away, away from, off" (from PIE root *apo- "off, away"). Cognate with Old Frisian eft "later, afterwards; as well," Old Norse eft "after," Middle Dutch echter, efter "later, again," Gothic afta "behind, past." The Germanic superlative suffix *-ta corresponds to PIE *-to (compare Greek prōtos "first," superlative of pro "before"). The English word is now purely nautical, "in, near, or toward the stern of a ship."

updated on September 15, 2022

Definitions of aft from WordNet
aft (adv.)
at or near or toward the stern of a ship or tail of an airplane;
stow the luggage aft
Synonyms: abaft / astern
aft (adj.)
(nautical, aeronautical) situated at or toward the stern or tail;
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