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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [uh-baft, uh-bahft]
    • /əˈbæft, əˈbɑft/
    • /əˈbɑːft/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [uh-baft, uh-bahft]
    • /əˈbæft, əˈbɑft/

Definitions of abaft word

  • adverb abaft closer to the stern than to another place on a vessel 3
  • preposition abaft behind; aft of 3
  • adverb abaft at or toward the stern or rear of a ship; aft 3
  • preposition abaft to the rear of; behind 3
  • preposition abaft to the rear of; aft of: the fife rail abaft the mainmast. 1
  • adverb abaft in the direction of the stern; astern; aft. 1

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Origin of abaft

First appearance:

before 1225
One of the 9% oldest English words
1225-75; Middle English on baft, abaft, equivalent to a-1 and on on + baft, Old English bæftan contraction of be + æftan. See by1aft1

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Parts of speech for Abaft


abaft popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 80% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
According to our data about 55% of words is more used. This is a rare but used term. It occurs in the pages of specialized literature and in the speech of educated people.

abaft usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for abaft

adj abaft

  • astern — Something that is astern is at the back of a ship or behind the back part.
  • back — If you move back, you move in the opposite direction to the one in which you are facing or in which you were moving before.
  • behind — If something is behind a thing or person, it is on the other side of them from you, or nearer their back rather than their front.
  • rearward — Also, rearwards. toward or in the rear.

adverb abaft

  • back of — the rear part of the human body, extending from the neck to the lower end of the spine.
  • off the pace — behind the leader; out of first place
  • aft — If you go aft in a boat or plane, you go to the back of it. If you are aft, you are in the back.

Antonyms for abaft

adverb abaft

  • forward — toward or at a place, point, or time in advance; onward; ahead: to move forward; from this day forward; to look forward.

noun abaft

  • fore — situated at or toward the front, as compared with something else.

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