• (RP) IPA: /əˈbæft/ or IPA: /əˈbɑːft/
  • (America) IPA: /əˈbæft/ or IPA: /əˈbɑft/
  1. (nautical) Behind; toward the stern relative to some other object or position; aft of. [First attested around the late 15th century.]
    The captain stood abaft the wheelhouse.
Translations Adverb


  1. (nautical) On the aft side; in the stern. [First attested in the early 17th century.]
    We drifted with the wind abaft.
    The mate sleeps abaft.
  2. (nautical, obsolete) Backwards. [Attested from around (1150 to 1350) until the late 15th century.]
  • French: sur l'arrière, vers l'arrière
  • German: achteraus, achtern
  • Portuguese: à popa
  • Spanish: a popa
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