[ af-ter-gahrd, ahf- ]

nounNautical Slang.
  1. the owner of a yacht or his guests.

  2. the officers quartered in the stern of a vessel.

Origin of afterguard

First recorded in 1820–30; after + guard

Words Nearby afterguard Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use afterguard in a sentence

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

    The Beach of Dreams | H. De Vere Stacpoole
  • Hinkel had fallen down on his job and the skipper was scared of me, and it was me that put that Dutchman out of the afterguard.

    The Viking Blood | Frederick William Wallace
  • And that curse would follow those who sailed aboard her—either for'ard or in the afterguard—for all time.

    Sheila of Big Wreck Cove | James A. Cooper
  • Men openly sharpened their knives, and the afterguard ostentatiously showed their pistols.

    The Grain Ship | Morgan Robertson
  • And I can see you think that the arms is for the afterguard except in case of trouble.

    The Mystery | Stewart Edward White and Samuel Hopkins Adams

British Dictionary definitions for afterguard


/ (ˈɑːftəˌɡɑːd) /

  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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