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Meaning & Definition of Aback in English

English

Aback

/əbæk/

adverb

1. Having the wind against the forward side of the sails

  • "The ship came up into the wind with all yards aback"
    synonym:
  • aback

2. By surprise

  • "Taken aback by the caustic remarks"
    synonym:
  • aback

Examples of using

When I had just arrived in Switzerland, I was completely taken aback by the prices.
I was completely taken aback by her reasoning.
I was quite taken aback at their bad manners.