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  • n. One who comes after or later; an aftercomer; one who is late.
  • adj. Coming after; later; subsequent; of later date; late in order of time or succession.


From after +‎ -ling. Cognate with Scots afterling, efterling ("afterling", a). (Wiktionary)


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  • "An inferior" is already covered in the word "underling."

    An "afterling" should instead refer to someone in a subsequent generation, i.e., the opposite of an ancestor.

    August 21, 2009

  • An inferior.

    July 11, 2008