Definition of aft in English:


adjective & adverb

  • 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’
    • ‘Heading aft towards the stern, we found the mizzenmast collapsed, which was why it had not shown up on the sonar.’
    • ‘The master stateroom is aft, fitted with twin berths outboard on each side of the cabin.’
    • ‘The area of unknown damage aft near the bow on the starboard side was only a few metres past the housed anchor.’
    • ‘It was at that time that another depth charge exploded close to the aft starboard fin.’
    • ‘We circled aft of the ship for what seemed to be another eternity, waiting for them to steady up.’
    • ‘It is an unusual design of ship, a collier with engine-room aft and wheelhouse amidships.’
    • ‘When we got to our ship, they weren't ready for us to land, so we had to orbit a mile aft of the ship while they got set up.’
    • ‘The helm is forward to port and there is an enclosed head aft of the helm seat.’
    • ‘I went under the nose and climbed up the ladder built into the bottom hatch just aft of the nose wheel.’
    • ‘The stern is beginning to split from the aft part of the wreck and is falling to starboard.’
    • ‘The galley is aft to port and has a stove, oven, top loading icebox and double sink.’
    • ‘The vessel is dual decked and the aluminium deckhouse is fitted aft of midship.’
    • ‘When he went aft to add some oil to the engine, he slipped on spilled oil and fell overboard.’
    • ‘Behind the helm there is a double seat facing aft and a small wet bar behind the port side lounge.’
    • ‘We all followed and went aft of the aircraft, away from anything that might injure or kill us.’
    • ‘An airman inspector noticed the starboard aft wheel was missing all but one of its lug nuts.’
    • ‘The entire stern section of the wreck is tilted aft and to starboard.’
    • ‘The armory was really divided up into two separate rooms in the aft portion of the ship.’
    • ‘Navigation can be particularly difficult on the aft part of the wreck.’
    • ‘All her aft compartments flooded, swiftly sending the boat to the muddy floor of the loch, 55 ft down.’
    end, tail end, rear end, back end, tail
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Early 17th century: probably from obsolete baft (see abaft), influenced by Low German and Dutch achter ‘abaft, after’.