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

adv at or near or toward the stern of a ship or tail of an airplane

“stow the luggage aft
Synonyms:
abaft, astern
Antonyms:
fore, forward
near or toward the bow of a ship or cockpit of a plane

adj (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
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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