- 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
- American Federation of Teachers.
Examples from the Web for aft
Contemporary Examples of aft
The fore and aft have beautiful decks carved into them, and windows from various rooms too: it looks like a floating Apple device.The World's Most Beautiful Boat—Yours for Half a Billion Dollars
October 19, 2014
The New York State United Teachers, part of AFT, recently voted to pull its support for Common Core.The Incredibly Stupid War on the Common Core
Charles Upton Sahm
April 21, 2014
Historical Examples of aft
Mr. Trant now called the Scourges aft, and asked more of the particulars.
The mate ordered me aft, and I crawled upon the quarter-deck to be examined.
Fore and aft were circular partitions of steel, like drumheads.The Cruise of the Dry Dock
T. S. Stribling
Aft, preparations were making of a more permanent nature, it is true.Homeward Bound
James Fenimore Cooper
Anybody can see he's built for speed, narrow in the beam and sharp fore and aft.Cy Whittaker's Place
Joseph C. Lincoln
- mainly nautical towards or at the stern or rearthe aft deck; aft of the engines
Word Origin for aft
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.