Synonyms for back

Grammar : Adj, noun, verb
Spell : bak
Phonetic Transcription : bæk

Top 10 synonyms for back Other synonyms for the word back

Définition of back

Origin :
  • Old English bæc "back," from Proto-Germanic *bakam (cf. Old Saxon and Middle Dutch bak, Old Frisian bek), with no known connections outside Germanic.
  • The cognates mostly have been ousted in this sense in other modern Germanic languages by words akin to Modern English ridge (cf. Danish ryg, German Rücken). Many Indo-European languages show signs of once having distinguished the horizontal back of an animal (or a mountain range) from the upright back of a human. In other cases, a modern word for "back" may come from a word related to "spine" (Italian schiena, Russian spina) or "shoulder, shoulder blade" (Spanish espalda, Polish plecy).
  • To turn (one's) back on (someone or something) "ignore" is from early 14c. Behind (someone's) back "clandestinely" is from late 14c.
  • To know (something) like the back of one's hand, implying familiarity, is first attested 1893. The first attested use of the phrase is from a dismissive speech made to a character in Robert Louis Stevenson's "Catriona":
  • If I durst speak to herself, you may be certain I would never dream of trusting it to you; because I know you like the back of my hand, and all your blustering talk is that much wind to me.
  • The story, a sequel to "Kidnapped," has a Scottish setting and context, and the back of my hand to you was noted in the late 19th century as a Scottish expression meaning "I will have nothing to do with you" [e.g. "Jamieson's Dictionary of the Scottish Language"]. In English generally, the back of (one's) hand has been used to imply contempt and rejection since at least 1300. Perhaps the connection of a menacing dismissal is what made Stevenson choose that particular anatomical reference.
  • adj end
  • adj from earlier time
  • noun end part
  • verb support
  • verb put in reverse direction
Example sentences :
  • I'm sportively pretending that I can press it back into shape.
  • Extract from : « The Spenders » by Harry Leon Wilson
  • "But I must get back to my babies," said Mrs. Bines, plaintively.
  • Extract from : « The Spenders » by Harry Leon Wilson
  • Listen to the voice that tries to win you back to innocence and truth!
  • Extract from : « Philothea » by Lydia Maria Child
  • Well, he don't appear to be here; I'll go round to the back part of the house.
  • Extract from : « Brave and Bold » by Horatio Alger
  • He went round to the back door, where he thought it best, in the first place, to knock.
  • Extract from : « Brave and Bold » by Horatio Alger
  • "Here's hoping we'll soon be back in God's own country," said Oldaker, raising his glass.
  • Extract from : « The Spenders » by Harry Leon Wilson
  • When you get back, if you get a chance to see him privately, you may tell him there is no danger of that.
  • Extract from : « Brave and Bold » by Horatio Alger
  • The captain had told him to be back in an hour, and he felt that it was time for him to be stirring.
  • Extract from : « Brave and Bold » by Horatio Alger
  • With a sharp piece of flint he cut the fur of the animal's back.
  • Extract from : « Ancient Man » by Hendrik Willem van Loon
  • A few years only back, every Carolinian rode to town, and the motor was unknown.
  • Extract from : « 'Tis Sixty Years Since » by Charles Francis Adams

Antonyms for back

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