- a prefix, meaning “behind,” “after,” “later,” “subsequent to,” “posterior to,” occurring originally in loanwords from Latin (postscript), but now used freely in the formation of compound words (post-Elizabethan; postfix; postgraduate; postorbital).
Origin of post-
- after in time or sequence; following; subsequentpostgraduate
- behind; posterior topostorbital
Word Origin for post-
word-forming element meaning "after," from Latin post "behind, after, afterward," from *pos-ti (cf. Arcadian pos, Doric poti "toward, to, near, close by;" Old Church Slavonic po "behind, after," pozdu "late;" Lithuanian pas "at, by"), from PIE *apo- (cf. Greek apo "from," Latin ab "away from" see apo-).
- After; later:postpartum.
- Behind; posterior to:postaxial.
- A prefix that means after, as in postoperative, after an operation, or behind, as in postnasal, behind the nose or nasal passages.