Also found in: Thesaurus.


1. Nearest the stern; farthest aft.
2. Nearest the end or rear; hindmost or last.


(Nautical Terms) closer or closest to the rear or (in a vessel) the stern; last


(ˈæf tərˌmoʊst, ˈɑf-)

1. farthest aft; closest to the stern.
2. hindmost; last.
[before 900; Middle English aftermest, Old English æftemest]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.aftermost - located closest to the stern or tailaftermost - located closest to the stern or tail
aft - (nautical, aeronautical) situated at or toward the stern or tail
References in classic literature ?
It was all fitted with lockers from top to bottom, so as to stow away the officers' belongings and a part of the ship's stores; there was a second store-room underneath, which you entered by a hatchway in the middle of the deck; indeed, all the best of the meat and drink and the whole of the powder were collected in this place; and all the firearms, except the two pieces of brass ordnance, were set in a rack in the aftermost wall of the round-house.
Sancho was seated on the captain's stage, close to the aftermost rower on the right-hand side.
In fact, he had no occasion to go on the poop, or even look that way much; but while the ship was about to anchor, casting his eyes in that direction, he received an absurd impression that his captain (he was up there, of course) was sitting on both sides of the aftermost skylight at once.