afterthought

noun af·ter·thought \ -ˌthȯt \
Updated on: 5 Dec 2017

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

  1. Then I remembered, almost as an afterthought, to feed the cat.

  2. The fact was hidden deep in the report, almost as an afterthought.

  3. The lounge was added to the office as an afterthought.

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Origin and Etymology of afterthought


AFTERTHOUGHT Defined for English Language Learners

afterthought

noun

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

afterthought

noun af·ter·thought \ ˈaf-tər-ˌthȯt \

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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