or af·ter·wards

[af-ter-werd, ahf-]


at a later or subsequent time; subsequently.

Origin of afterward

before 1000; Middle English; Old English æfterweard, alteration (with -r- of æfter after) of æfteweard, equivalent to æfte-, æftan aft1 + -weard -ward
Can be confusedafterward afterword Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of afterward

Historical Examples of afterward

  • Afterward, I looked downward, and saw my dead body lying on a couch.


    Lydia Maria Child

  • Twelve hours afterward the snow, three feet deep on a level, has melted.

    The Spenders

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • I afterward sold their horse, and sent them the balance of the proceeds.

  • Afterward his uncle came in a fierce humor, slamming the door.

  • In her numbed brain was no flicker of thought as to whatever might come to her afterward.

    Within the Law

    Marvin Dana

Word Origin and History for afterward

Old English æftanweard, from æftan "after" (see aft) + -weard suffix indicating direction (see -ward); nautical use as aftward, then expanded by influence of after; variant afterwards shows adverbial genitive.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper