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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;

Antonyms

fore, forward;

Near Antonyms

ahead, before;

Related Words

after, back, backward (or backwards), behind, rearward (also rearwards);


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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

in the meaning defined above

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abaft Synonyms

Synonyms

back of, behind;

Antonyms

before;

Near Antonyms

ahead of;

Phrases

in back of;



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