or af·ter·wards

[af-ter-werd, ahf-]


at a later or subsequent time; subsequently.

Nearby words

  1. aftertaste,
  2. aftertax,
  3. afterthought,
  4. aftertime,
  5. aftertreatment,
  6. afterwards,
  7. afterword,
  8. afterwork,
  9. afterworld,
  10. afteryears

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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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