afterward etymology

English word afterward comes from English after, English -ward

Detailed word origin of afterward

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
after English (eng) Behind; later in time; following. (Irish, usually, preceded by a form of be, followed by an -ing form of a verb) Used to indicate recent completion of an activity. (dated) According to an author or text.. (obsolete) According to the direction and influence of; in proportion to; befitting.. As a result of.. Behind.. Denoting the aim or object; concerning; in relation to.. In allusion to, in [...]
-ward English (eng) Forming adjectives, as in "a backward look", "the northward road", etc; used even by speakers who usually use -wards for adverbs.. Forming adverbs denoting course or direction to, or motion or tendency toward, as in "backward", "toward", "forward", etc.
afterward English (eng) (US).

Words with the same origin as afterward

Descendants of -ward
awkward downward onward wayward