Aback - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |əˈbæk|  American pronunciation of the word aback
Brit.  |əˈbak|  British pronunciation of the word aback

adverb

- having the wind against the forward side of the sails

the ship came up into the wind with all yards aback

- by surprise

taken aback by the caustic remarks

Examples

...completely taken aback by the neighbors' announcement that they were moving...

the ship came up into the wind with all yards aback

taken aback by the caustic remarks

...we were taken aback by our aunt's ungracious reply to the invitation we had sent her...

His sudden change of opinion took us all aback.

For a moment, I was completely taken aback by her request.

he was taken aback by such inhospitality

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