moss·​back | \ ˈmȯs-ˌbak How to pronounce mossback (audio) \

Definition of mossback

1 : a large sluggish fish (such as a largemouth bass)
2 : an extremely old-fashioned or reactionary person : fogy

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mossbacked \ ˈmȯs-​ˌbakt How to pronounce mossback (audio) \ 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, "San Diego raises the Bard for Shakespeare’s sonnets," 28 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of mossback

1853, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Mossback.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 May. 2021.

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