Definitions for mossbackˈmɔsˌbæk, ˈmɒs-

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

moss•backˈmɔsˌbæk, ˈmɒs-(n.)

  1. Informal. a person holding very antiquated notions; reactionary.

    Category: Informal

  2. an old turtle.

  3. a large and old fish, as a bass.

    Category: Sport

Origin of mossback:

1870–75, Amer.


Princeton's WordNet

  1. mossback(noun)

    an extremely old-fashioned conservative


  1. mossback(Noun)

    A turtle that, because of its age, has a growth of algae on its back.

  2. mossback(Noun)

    A very conservative or reactionary person, especially one with old-fashioned views.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Mossback(noun)

    a veteran partisan; one who is so conservative in opinion that he may be likened to a stone or old tree covered with moss


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