/aft, ahft/, Naut., Aeron.adv.1. at, close to, or toward the stern or tail: Stow the luggage aft.adj.2. situated toward or at the stern or tail: The aft sail was luffing.[bef. 950; ME afte, OE aeftan from behind, equiv. to aef- opposite + -t- suffix of uncertain value + -an suffix marking motion from; c. OFris efta, OS, OHG aftan, Goth aftana, ON aptan, Gk opís(s)o behind; not akin to Gk apó OFF]aft2/aft, ahft/, adv. Scot.oft.
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