[ af-ter-math, ahf- ]
/ ˈæf tərˌmæθ, ˈɑf- /


something that results or follows from an event, especially one of a disastrous or unfortunate nature; consequence: the aftermath of war; the aftermath of the flood.
a new growth of grass following one or more mowings, which may be grazed, mowed, or plowed under.

Nearby words

  1. afterimpression,
  2. afterlife,
  3. afterlight,
  4. afterload,
  5. aftermarket,
  6. aftermost,
  7. afternoon,
  8. afternoon of a faun, the,
  9. afternoon watch,
  10. afternooner

Origin of aftermath

1515–25; after + math a mowing, Old English mǣth; cognate with Old High German mād (German Mahd); akin to mow1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for aftermath


/ (ˈɑːftəˌmɑːθ, -ˌmæθ) /


signs or results of an event or occurrence considered collectively, esp of a catastrophe or disasterthe aftermath of war
agriculture a second mowing or crop of grass from land that has already yielded one crop earlier in the same year

Word Origin for aftermath

C16: after + math a mowing, from Old English mæth

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Word Origin and History for aftermath



1520s, originally a second crop of grass grown after the first had been harvested, from after + -math, a dialectal word, from Old English mæð "a mowing, cutting of grass" (see math (n.2)). Figurative sense by 1650s. Cf. French regain "aftermath," from re- + Old French gain, gaain "grass which grows in meadows that have been mown," from a Germanic source, cf. Old High German weida "grass, pasture"

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