abaft


1abaft

adverb

Definition of ABAFT

:  toward or at the stern :  aft

Examples of ABAFT

  1. <the lookout in the crow's nest warned that there was an enemy frigate abaft and bearing down hard on their ship>

Origin of ABAFT

Middle English, from a- + baft in the rear, from Old English bæftan, from be- + æftan behind — more at aft
First Known Use: 15th century

Related to ABAFT

2abaft

preposition \ə-ˈbaft\

Definition of ABAFT

:  to the rear of; specifically :  toward the stern from

Examples of ABAFT

  1. <a school of porpoises swam abaft the fishing boat>

First Known Use of ABAFT

1594

Related to ABAFT

Synonyms
behind, back of
Antonyms
before

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