Definitions for abackəˈbæk

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. with the wind against the forward side of the sail.

    Category: Nautical, Navy

  2. toward the back.

Idioms for aback:

  1. take aback, to surprise; disconcert.

    Category: Idiom

Origin of aback:

bef. 1000; ME; OE on bæc to the rear. See a -1, on , back1

Princeton's WordNet

  1. aback(adverb)

    having the wind against the forward side of the sails

    "the ship came up into the wind with all yards aback"

  2. aback(adverb)

    by surprise

    "taken aback by the caustic remarks"

Webster Dictionary

  1. Aback(adverb)

    toward the back or rear; backward

  2. Aback(adverb)

    behind; in the rear

  3. Aback(adverb)

    backward against the mast; -- said of the sails when pressed by the wind

  4. Aback(noun)

    an abacus

Translations for aback

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


surprised and usually rather upset

She was taken aback by his rudeness.

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