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at, close to, or toward the stern or tail:
Stow the luggage aft.
situated toward or at the stern or tail:
The aft sail was luffing.
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Contemporary Examples

The New York State United Teachers, part of aft, recently voted to pull its support for Common Core.
The Incredibly Stupid War on the Common Core Charles Upton Sahm April 20, 2014

The fore and aft have beautiful decks carved into them, and windows from various rooms too: it looks like a floating Apple device.
The World’s Most Beautiful Boat—Yours for Half a Billion Dollars Tim Teeman October 18, 2014

Historical Examples

The ‘pinkie’ is a schooner-rigged craft, sharp at both ends, a short peak running up aft, and designed for a chasing sea.
The Knickerbocker, Vol. 22, No. 2, August 1843 Various

Mr. Rosenberg was raked fore and aft, but he stuck to his story.
Danger! A True History of a Great City’s Wiles and Temptations William Howe

She was a ship-sloop of 28 guns—long 18-pounders—with a flush deck fore and aft.
The Congo Rovers Harry Collingwood

“Cast the prisoners loose, and bring them aft,” he cried out.
The Three Midshipmen W.H.G. Kingston

He also found her to be of great breadth of beam, with wide sweeps of unencumbered deck, both forward and aft.
The Blue Dragon Kirk Munroe

Never had the inequality of numbers fore and aft been less than now.
The Mutiny of the Elsinore Jack London

He’s a great pet, and while you are aft you must see that he wants for nothing.
Ralph Granger’s Fortunes William Perry Brown

Here he was left alone until dawn, and then ordered on deck, aft.
The Call Of The South Louis Becke

adverb, adjective
(mainly nautical) towards or at the stern or rear: the aft deck, aft of the engines

Old English æftan “from behind, behind, farthest back,” from superlative of Old English æf, af, of “away, away from, off” (see of). The Germanic superlative suffix *-ta corresponds to PIE *-to (cf. Greek protos “first,” superlative of pro “before”). Now purely nautical.
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