Definitions for abackəˈbæk

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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

  5. Origin: [Pref. a- + back; AS. on bc at, on, or toward the back. See Back.]

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Attorney Casey Yontz:

    I was immediately taken aback and told him he needed to seek legal recourse immediately, keith sat on the email way too long.

  2. Suniya Luthar:

    I was a little taken aback to see that apparently preadolescence is the new adolescence or junior high school or middle school is the new high school.

  3. Zach Adamson:

    I've been taken aback by the mischaracterizations from outside the state of Indiana about what is in this bill. this isn't 1950 Alabama; it's 2015 Indiana.

  4. Yvette Cormier:

    This is all new to me. I didn't go out to specifically bash a transgender person that day. I was taken aback by the situation, this is about me and how I felt unsafe. I should feel safe in there.

  5. Pope Francis:

    We, the people of this continent, are not fearful of foreigners, because most of us were once foreigners, we must not be taken aback by their numbers, but rather view them as persons, seeing their faces and listening to their stories, trying to respond as best we can to their situation.


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