One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Originally Nautical. That is situated or positioned near the stern or rear.
Originally Nautical. Towards or in the direction of the stern of a vessel, rear of an aircraft, etc.
Old English (in an earlier sense). A merging of two distinct words: (i) Old English aeftanweard from aeftan + -ward; and (ii) Old English aefteweard from the Germanic base of Gothic afta + -ward; ultimately representing parallel formations with different suffixation of the same first element; the two words had apparently already merged in sense in Old English. In later use probably partly re-formed from aft + -ward.
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