afterthought

An afterthought is something you think of or add later. You might quickly wrap a gift and then stick a bow on it as an afterthought just before you hand it to the birthday boy.

Sometimes calling something an afterthought is a bit of an insult — a movie reviewer might complain that female characters seem added on as afterthoughts, or a diner at a fancy restaurant could note that while the meat is well-cooked, the vegetables are nothing but an afterthought. This word has been used since the 1600s, a compound of after and thought.

Definitions of afterthought
  1. noun
    an addition that was not included in the original plan
    “the garage was an afterthought
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    type of:
    add-on, addition, improver
    a component that is added to something to improve it
  2. noun
    thinking again about a choice previously made
    synonyms: reconsideration, rethink, second thought
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    type of:
    change of mind, flip-flop, reversal, turnabout, turnaround
    a decision to reverse an earlier decision
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