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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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  • Hope said afterwards that she never swam with such delight as on that day.

    Malbone Thomas Wentworth Higginson
  • As it will be so privately performed, clothes and equipage may be provided for afterwards.

    Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9) Samuel Richardson
  • "I had to coin a name for the place of meeting," he said to Mrs. Roberts afterwards.

    Ester Ried Yet Speaking Isabella Alden
  • They found her afterwards by her own hearthstone, thrust through by a Frenchman's bill.

    The White Company Arthur Conan Doyle
  • It was hard to meet Ethel—and Milly and Mrs. Baker afterwards.

    The Bacillus of Beauty Harriet Stark
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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