English - Pronunciation
English - Etymology 1
Middle English bak, from Old English bæc, from Proto-Germanic *baką (compare Old Saxon bak (Middle Low German bak (“back”)), West Frisian bekling 'chair back', Old High German bah, Swedish bak), possibly from Proto-Indo-European *bʰogo 'bending'. The adverb represents an aphetic form of aback.
- (not comparable) Near the rear.
- (not comparable) Not current.
- (not comparable) Far from the main area.
- In arrear; overdue.
- Moving or operating backward.
- (comparable, phonetics) Produced in the back of the mouth.
- (not comparable) To or in a previous condition or place.
- Away from the front or from an edge.
- In a manner that impedes.
- In a reciprocal manner.
The rear of the body, especially the part between the neck and the end of the spine and opposite the chest and belly.
1879, Richard Jefferies, The Amateur Poacher, chapter1:
- It was not far from the house; but the ground sank into a depression there, and the ridge of it behind shut out everything except just the roof of the tallest hayrick. As one sat on the sward behind the elm, with the back turned on the rick and nothing in front but the tall elms and the oaks in the other hedge, it was quite easy to fancy it the verge of the prairie with the backwoods close by.
- The spine and associated tissues.
- (slang, uncountable) Large and attractive buttocks.
- (figuratively) The part of a piece of clothing which covers the back.
- The backrest, the part of a piece of furniture which receives the human back.
- (obsolete) That part of the body that bears clothing.
- 1879, Richard Jefferies, The Amateur Poacher, chapter1:
That which is farthest away from the front.
- The side of any object which is opposite the front or useful side.
- The reverse side; the side that is not normally seen.
Area behind, such as the backyard of a house.
English - Etymology 2
German - Pronunciation
- IPA(key): /bak/