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aft

1
[ aft, ahft ]
/ æft, ɑft /
Nautical, Aeronautics
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adverb
at, close to, or toward the stern or tail: Stow the luggage aft.
adjective
situated toward or at the stern or tail: The aft sail was luffing.
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Origin of aft

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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 apóoff

Other definitions for aft (2 of 4)

aft2
[ aft, ahft ]
/ æft, ɑft /

adverb Scot.
oft.

Other definitions for aft (3 of 4)

aft.

abbreviation
afternoon.

Other definitions for aft (4 of 4)

A.F.T.

abbreviation
American Federation of Teachers.
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How to use aft in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for aft

aft
/ (ɑːft) /

adverb, adjective
mainly nautical towards or at the stern or rearthe aft deck; aft of the engines

Word Origin for aft

C17: perhaps a shortened form of earlier abaft
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