[af-ter-gahrd, ahf-]

noun Nautical Slang.

the owner of a yacht or his guests.
the officers quartered in the stern of a vessel.

Origin of afterguard

First recorded in 1820–30; after + guard Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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

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