[af-ter-mohst, ahf- or, esp. British, ahf-ter-muh st]


Nautical. farthest aft; aftmost: The aftermost sail is called a spanker.
hindmost; last.

Origin of aftermost

before 900; after + -most; replacing Middle English aftermest, itself replacing Old English æftemest, equivalent to æfteme- (cognate with Gothic aftuma last; æfte (see aft1) + -m- superlative suffix) + (-e)st -est1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for aftermost

Historical Examples of aftermost

  • The foremost and aftermost planks of the bottom, within and without.

    The Sailor's Word-Book

    William Henry Smyth

  • The aftermost oar in a boat, from which the others take their time.

    The Sailor's Word-Book

    William Henry Smyth

  • So saying, he led the way to the aftermost mess on the port side of the ship.

    Young Tom Bowling

    J.C. Hutcheson

  • I was stationed to the four aftermost carronades on the quarter-deck.

    Rattlin the Reefer

    Edward Howard

  • The stage, well lighted, was built on the aftermost part of the deck.

    Letters to His Children

    Theodore Roosevelt

British Dictionary definitions for aftermost



closer or closest to the rear or (in a vessel) the stern; last
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