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abaft

adverb

Definition of abaft

: toward or at the stern : aft

Examples of abaft in a Sentence

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

Origin and Etymology of abaft

Middle English, from a- + baft in the rear, from Old English bæftan, from be- + æftan behind — more at aft

abaft Synonyms

Synonyms
aft, astern, sternward (or sternwards)
Antonyms
fore, forward
Related Words
after, back, backward (or backwards), behind, posteriorly, rearward (also rearwards)
Near Antonyms
anteriorly; ahead, before

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abaft

preposition \ ə-ˈbaft \

Definition of abaft

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

Examples of abaft in a Sentence

  1. a school of porpoises swam abaft the fishing boat

First Known Use of abaft

15th century

abaft Synonyms

Synonyms
behind, back of
Antonyms
before
Near Antonyms
ahead of


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