fast·​back ˈfas(t)-ˌbak How to pronounce fastback (audio)
: an automobile with a roof having a long curving downward slope to the rear
also : the back of such an automobile

Examples of fastback in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The low-slung fastback shape calls to mind Porsche Panamera or Mercedes-Benz EQS. Andrew J. Hawkins, The Verge, 4 Aug. 2023 Forward visibility is excellent, but the rearward view through the steeply angled fastback's glass is restricted. Drew Dorian, Car and Driver, 12 June 2023 Actually, this 2+2 fastback is technically a crossover (not that Ferrari’s in a rush to claim that term, either). Josh Condon, Robb Report, 7 Mar. 2023 The styling department did a nice job on the hatchback, which manages to offer enough of a sloping tail to interest the fastback crowd and, at the same time, an undeniable notch to avoid turning off those who think anything but a conventional silhouette is funny-looking. Patrick Bedard, Car and Driver, 16 Apr. 2023 And the vehicle’s curvaceous backlight and lack of rear-quarter windows emphasize the car’s dramatic fastback profile. Robert Ross, Robb Report, 9 May 2022 The front is characterized by a long hood, sugar-scoop-style headlamps, and a boxy grill, while the elegant fastback and truncated rear end are, likewise, a fresh but respectful interpretation of the 54-year-old design. Robert Ross, Robb Report, 2 May 2023 The 1967 Volkswagen fastback, which managed to get us home safely from the hospital after I was born, was replaced by a 1976 mustard-yellow VW Dasher that routinely overheated near Yuma, Arizona, on its way from my childhood home in Los Angeles to my grandparents’ house in Tucson. Scott Gilbertson, WIRED, 28 Mar. 2023 View Photos With its longer hood and fastback profile, the new Accord cuts a handsome figure, particularly on its bigger wheels. Mike Sutton, Car and Driver, 24 Feb. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1939, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of fastback was in 1939

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“Fastback.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Sep. 2023.

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fast·​back ˈfas(t)-ˌbak How to pronounce fastback (audio)
: an automobile roof with a long curving downward slope to the rear
: an automobile having a fastback

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