how to pronounce aback


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aback is pronounced in two syllables

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An example use of aback in a speech by a native speaker of british english:

“… none the emperor was taken aback by this …”

meanings of aback


  1. In the rear; a distance behind.
  2. By surprise; startled; dumbfounded. (see usage).
  3. 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.
  4. Towards the back or rear; backwards.


  1. An abacus.

aback frequency in english - C2 level of CEFR

the word aback occurs in english on average 3.3 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for C2 level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

topics aback can be related to

it is hard to perfectly classify words into specific topics since each word can have many context of its use, but our machine-learning models believe that aback can be often used in the following areas:

1) people, society, and culture;

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