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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