abaft

adverb

Definition of abaft 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: toward or at the stern : aft

abaft

preposition
\ ə-ˈbaft \

Definition of abaft (Entry 2 of 2)

: to the rear of specifically : toward the stern from

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Synonyms & Antonyms for abaft

Synonyms: Adverb

aft, astern

Synonyms: Preposition

back of, behind

Antonyms: Adverb

fore, forward

Antonyms: Preposition

before

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Examples of abaft in a Sentence

Adverb

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

Preposition

a school of porpoises swam abaft the fishing boat

First Known Use of abaft

Adverb

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Preposition

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for abaft

Adverb

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

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The first known use of abaft was in the 14th century

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