Origin of Abaft
Middle English on baft on at on baft to the rear (from Old English beæftan behind) (be by, at ambhi in Indo-European roots) (æftan behind apo- in Indo-European roots)
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
From a- (“on”) + Middle English baft, baften, biaften, Old English beæftan; be (“by”) (modern English by) + æftan (“behind”) (modern English after). See also aft.
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