[af-ter-gahrd, ahf-]

Origin of afterguard

First recorded in 1820–30; after + guard Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for afterguard

Historical Examples of afterguard

  • It was a sociable ship as far as the afterguard was concerned.

    The Beach of Dreams

    H. De Vere Stacpoole

  • Afterguard, muster your buckets and brushes and wash down the decks.

    The Rover's Secret

    Harry Collingwood

  • The rear crew brought down the afterguard of logs to the pond.

    The Riverman

    Stewart Edward White

  • I exclaimed, and, seizing a heavy block that one of the afterguard was fitting, I felled him to the deck.

    Rattlin the Reefer

    Edward Howard

  • The two young boatsteerers, Bunker and Fisher, with the Portuguese steward, completed the "afterguard."

    There She Blows!

    William Hussey Macy

British Dictionary definitions for afterguard


noun sailing
  1. a sailor or group of sailors stationed on the poop to attend to the aft sails
  2. the members of the crew responsible for strategic decisions about the sailing and navigation of a boat
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