[thair-af-ter, -ahf-]


after that in time or sequence; afterward: Thereafter they did not speak.
Obsolete. accordingly.

Origin of thereafter

before 900; Middle English ther after, Old English thǣr æfter. See there, after

Synonyms for thereafter Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for thereafter

thenceforth, consequently, following, hereafter, thenceforward

Examples from the Web for thereafter

Contemporary Examples of thereafter

Historical Examples of thereafter

  • When he "played" with Baby Akemit thereafter, the pretence was not all with the child.

    The Spenders

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • Thereafter we must hide during the days, and steal down the river at night.

    In the Valley

    Harold Frederic

  • Ten minutes thereafter, the two were knocking at the parson's door.

    Tiverton Tales

    Alice Brown

  • The king was gracious, and thereafter she held his feet at all the banquets.

    Welsh Fairy Tales

    William Elliott Griffis

  • And every day thereafter found him out and ranging a wider area.

    White Fang

    Jack London

British Dictionary definitions for thereafter



from that time on or after that timethereafter, he ceased to pay attention
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for thereafter

Old English þær æfter; see there + after. Cf. Dutch daarachter, Swedish derefter.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper