afternoons

[ af-ter-noonz, ahf- ]
/ ˌæf tərˈnunz, ˌɑf- /
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adverb

in or during any or every afternoon: He slept late and worked afternoons.

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Nearby words

  1. aftermost,
  2. afternoon,
  3. afternoon of a faun, the,
  4. afternoon watch,
  5. afternooner,
  6. afterpain,
  7. afterpains,
  8. afterparty,
  9. afterpeak,
  10. afterperception

Origin of afternoons

1895–1900, Americanism; afternoon + -s1

afternoon

[ noun af-ter-noon, ahf-; adjective af-ter-noon, ahf-, af-, ahf- ]
/ noun ˌæf tərˈnun, ˌɑf-; adjective ˈæf tərˈnun, ˈɑf-, ˌæf-, ˌɑf- /

noun

the time from noon until evening.
the latter part: the afternoon of life.

adjective

pertaining to the latter part of the day.

Origin of afternoon

Middle English word dating back to 1250–1300; see origin at after, noon

Related formspre·af·ter·noon, noun, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for afternoons

afternoons

/ (ˌɑːftəˈnuːnz) /

adverb

informal during the afternoon, esp regularly

afternoon

/ (ˌɑːftəˈnuːn) /

noun

  1. the period of the day between noon and evening
  2. (as modifier)afternoon tea
a middle or later partthe afternoon of life
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Word Origin and History for afternoons

afternoon

n.

c.1300, from after + noon. In 15c.-16c., the form was at afternoon; from c.1600 it has been in the afternoon. Middle English also had aftermete "afternoon, part of the day following the noon meal," mid-14c.

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