[fawr-uh nd-af-ter, ahf-, fohr-]


  1. a sailing vessel with a fore-and-aft rig.
  2. a beam running fore and aft across a hatchway to support hatch covers laid athwart the hatchway.
  3. a vessel having a sharp stern; a double ender.

Origin of fore-and-after

First recorded in 1815–25; fore-and-aft + -er1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for fore-and-after

Historical Examples of fore-and-after

  • Hence a schooner is often called a "fore-and-after;" and a ship, a "square-rigger."

  • A fore-and-after is a vessel without square sails like a sloop or schooner.

    On Yacht Sailing

    Thomas Fleming Day

  • Indeed, I believe that only the first mate and the doctor had ever before handled a fore-and-after.

  • But alter as you please, the fore-and-after is still a bad runner when winds blow strong and seas run high.

  • These were well named, as the two ends of the wagon inclined upward, like the bow and stern of a fore-and-after.

    Tenting on the Plains

    Elizabeth B. Custer

British Dictionary definitions for fore-and-after


noun nautical

any vessel with a fore-and-aft rig
a double-ended vessel
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