aback

adverb \ ə-ˈbak \
Updated on: 9 Nov 2017

Definition of aback

1 archaic :backward, back
2 :in a position to catch the wind upon the forward surface (as of a sail)
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

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First Known Use of aback

before 12th century



ABACK Defined for English Language Learners

aback

adverb

Definition of aback for English Language Learners

  • : by surprise


ABACK Defined for Kids

aback

adverb \ ə-ˈbak \

Definition of aback for Students

:by surprise
  • He was taken aback by the change in plan.


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