aback

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adverb \ə-ˈbak\

Definition of aback

  1. 1 archaic :  backward, back

  2. 2 :  in a position to catch the wind upon the forward surface (as of a sail)

  3. 3 :  by surprise :  unawares <was taken aback by her sharp retort>

Examples of aback in a sentence

  1. <completely taken aback by the neighbors' announcement that they were moving>

Before 12th Century

First Known Use of aback

before 12th century



ABACK Defined for English Language Learners

aback

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adverb \ə-ˈbak\

Definition of aback for English Language Learners

  • : by surprise


ABACK Defined for Kids

aback

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adverb \ə-ˈbak\

Definition of aback for Students

  1. :  by surprise <He was taken aback by the change in plan.>



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