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From after (adverb & preposition), and also continuing Middle English after-, efter-, æfter-, from Old English æfter- (after, behind, against). Cognate with Scots efter-, West Frisian efter-, German after-, Dutch achter-, Swedish efter-. More at after.



  1. (rare or no longer productive) With contrary, subordinate, or remote effect; denoting hindrance, set-back, inferiority, etc.
    afterdeal, aftertale
  2. With adverbial or adjectival effect, forming compound words indicating something that comes afterwards in spacial position or time.
  3. With prepositional effect, forming compound words denoting something which follows the second element of the compound.

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