aft

When something's at the back of a boat, it's aft. You might instruct a passenger on your sailboat to move aft while you adjust the sails.

Aft, which can be used as an adverb or an adjective, is almost solely used in nautical or aeronautical terminology — in other words, when you're talking about a boat, ship, or airplane. Flight attendants usually start at the front of the cabin and move aft as they dole out drinks and pretzels, and they might instruct you to stow your huge bag in an aft compartment. The Old English root is æftan, "from behind or farthest back."

Definitions of aft
  1. adverb
    at or near or toward the stern of a ship or tail of an airplane
    “stow the luggage aft
    synonyms: abaft, astern
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    Antonyms:
    fore, forward
    near or toward the bow of a ship or cockpit of a plane
  2. adjective
    (nautical, aeronautical) situated at or toward the stern or tail
    Synonyms:
    back
    related to or located at the back
    after
    located farther aft
    aftermost
    located closest to the stern or tail
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    Antonyms:
    fore
    situated at or toward the bow of a vessel
    front
    relating to or located in the front
    forward
    at or near or directed toward the front
    foremost
    situated closest to the bow
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