IPA: ʌbˈæk


  • (obsolete, Early Modern) An inscribed stone square.


  • (archaic) Towards the back or rear; backwards.
  • (archaic) In the rear; a distance behind.
  • By surprise; startled; dumbfounded. (see usage)
  • (nautical) Backward against the mast; said of the sails when pressed by the wind from the "wrong" (forward) side, or of a ship when its sails are set that way.

Examples of "aback" in Sentences

  • Nothing to be taken aback about.
  • Even the police were taken aback.
  • I was a bit taken aback at first.
  • I was taken aback by the telegram.
  • I was a little taken aback there...
  • I was taken aback by that response.
  • The Hotline people are taken aback.
  • Babe is taken aback by Josh's declaration.
  • I was taken aback by the novelty of the fact.
  • But was taken aback by the lack of mainstream coverage.
  • But then they see the finished works and it really takes them aback, which is great. "
  • Options B and D are not correct as the word 'aback' means to get startled by something and does not means the same as the word 'back' which is used in the answer choices B and D.
  • As I read your stories and especially your friends who so generously comment I am taken aback (is aback a word?) by the generous sharing of wisdom you receive from your friends at French-Word-A-Day.
  • The richness and elegance of the church took me all "aback;" it was so entirely different from anything I had seen, that it was difficult to decide whether I was most charmed by its novelty or its beauty.
  • Hillary grew up in this culture, so yes she was taken "aback" by these comments; you, others, and obama being so shallow minded and dismissive of someones culture and values is ignorant. obama will never be President.

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