a nautical command to stop or cease

Word History


perhaps from Dutch houd vast hold fast

First Known Use

1681, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of avast was in 1681

Dictionary Entries Near avast

Cite this Entry

“Avast.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/avast. Accessed 1 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


imperative verb
a command to stop or cease used by sailors
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