Share this entry

aft Line breaks: aft

Definition of aft in English:

adverb& adjective

At, near, or towards 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'.

Words that rhyme with aft

abaft, craft, daft, draft, draught, engraft, graft, haft, kraft, raft, understaffed, unstaffed, waft

Definition of aft in:

Share this entry


What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day exemplum
Pronunciation: ɪɡˈzɛmpləm
an example or model...