Definition of aftward in US English:



  • 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.