Definition of afterthought
1 : an idea occurring later
2 : something (such as a part or feature) not thought of originally : something secondary
Examples of afterthought in a Sentence
Then I remembered, almost as an afterthought, to feed the cat.
The fact was hidden deep in the report, almost as an afterthought.
The lounge was added to the office as an afterthought.
Recent Examples of afterthought from the Web
Behind the efforts is Forecastle founder JK McKnight, who remembers attending other music festivals where sustainability aspects seemed like afterthoughts and who wanted to do better at a festival of his own.
And to many voters, TCU's win over Minnesota would be an afterthought, never revised to reflect what the Gophers would eventually accomplish.
For people , the aim is no longer just utilitarian—an afterthought of road construction—but something more aesthetically pleasing.
An afterthought on Labor Day, the $1 million race has blown up since going to late September (helped by a bonus for Triple Crown race winners), a month after the Travers at Saratoga and six weeks before the Breeders' Cup.
But thanks to Zunino, Gallardo’s trouble in the fifth inning became an afterthought.
That black people might not want to be slaves does not enter into the equation; their opinion on the subject of their own bondage is not even an afterthought to Lee.
The Tigers (37-24) got off to a blistering start to the season, winning six of their first seven SEC series and climbing from an unranked afterthought to fourth in the nation and in the discussion as a national seed for the NCAA Tournament.
Just to punctuate that salads are not an afterthought, the Caesar here ($6.50 for a half, $11.50 for a whole) is great —
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First Known Use of afterthought
AFTERTHOUGHT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of afterthought for English Language Learners
: something done or said after other things because it was not thought of earlier
AFTERTHOUGHT Defined for Kids
Definition of afterthought for Students
: something done or said that was not thought of originally A bow was added to the present as an afterthought.
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