Part of speech: adverb

So as to be pressed backward, as sails; backward; by surprize.

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Usage examples "aback":

  1. Mr. Atkins himself seemed a trifle taken aback. - "Cy Whittaker's Place", Joseph C. Lincoln.
  2. General Rolleston was quite taken aback for a moment. - "Foul Play", Charles Reade Dion Boucicault.
  3. Quest, astonished and taken aback at such a universal revelation of the contempt in which he seemed to be held, found no reply ready- nothing at hand except another glass of whiskey and soda. - "The Danger Mark", Robert W. Chambers.