From Middle High German after, from Old High German aftero ("rear; behind; below"; compare Old High German aftar (“after”, preposition, adverb)), from Proto-Germanic *after, *aftiri (“more aft, further behind”), from Proto-Indo-European *apotero (“further behind, further away”), comparative form of *apo- (“off, behind”). Compare English after, Dutch achter, Danish efter.
- IPA(key): /ˈaftɐ/ (standard)
- IPA(key): /ˈaːftɐ/ (quite common; via English after, given the word’s infrequence in speech)
After m (genitive Afters, plural After)