moss·​back ˈmȯs-ˌbak How to pronounce mossback (audio)
: a large sluggish fish (such as a largemouth bass)
: an extremely old-fashioned or reactionary person : fogy
mossbacked adjective

Examples of mossback in a Sentence

those mossbacks at the intelligence agency didn't get the memo that the world had changed
Recent Examples on the Web This man performed in all of Shakespeare’s plays, Assumed all parts from mossbacks to boys young. Richard Lederer, San Diego Union-Tribune, 28 Sep. 2019

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Word History

First Known Use

1853, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of mossback was in 1853

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“Mossback.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Apr. 2024.

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