\ ə-ˈbaft How to pronounce abaft (audio) \

Definition of abaft

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: toward or at the stern : aft

Definition of abaft (Entry 2 of 2)

: to the rear of specifically : toward the stern from

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Synonyms & Antonyms for abaft

Synonyms: Adverb

Synonyms: Preposition

Antonyms: Adverb

Antonyms: Preposition

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Examples of abaft in a Sentence

Adverb the lookout in the crow's nest warned that there was an enemy frigate abaft and bearing down hard on their ship Preposition a school of porpoises swam abaft the fishing boat

First Known Use of abaft


14th century, in the meaning defined above


15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for abaft


Middle English, from a- + baft in the rear, from Old English bæftan, from be- + æftan behind — more at aft

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The first known use of abaft was in the 14th century

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“Abaft.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/abaft. Accessed 5 Aug. 2020.

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