Definition of aft in English:


Syllabification: aft

adverb& adjective

At, near, or toward the stern of a ship or tail of an aircraft: [as adverb]: Travis made his way aft [as adjective]: the aft cargo compartment
More example sentences
  • It is an unusual design of ship, a collier with engine-room aft and wheelhouse amidships.
  • Heading aft towards the stern, we found the mizzenmast collapsed, which was why it had not shown up on the sonar.
  • An airman inspector noticed the starboard aft wheel was missing all but one of its lug nuts.


early 17th century: probably from obsolete baft (see abaft), influenced by Low German and Dutch achter 'abaft, after'.

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