MEANING: adverb: Toward the rear or stern.
preposition: Behind.

ETYMOLOGY: From Middle English a- (toward) + baft (in the rear). Earliest documented use: 1400.

ADAFT - a bit off yer rocker

A-BART - the first car undercoating (the last being Z-bart)

JABAFT - a shot in the rear

A.B., OFT - what follows four years of college, frequently