Definition of avast in English:

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avast

Pronunciation: /əˈvast/

exclamation

Nautical
Stop; cease: you, young man, avast there!
More example sentences
  • Time to splice yer mainbrace, stow yer bilge, avast yer scurvy dog.
  • Avast there ye scalliwags!

Origin

Early 17th century: from Dutch hou'vast, houd vast 'hold fast!'.

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  • This nautical term is from Dutch hou'vast, houd vast ‘hold fast!’.

Words that rhyme with avast

aghast, Belfast, blast, cast, caste, contrast, fast, last, mast, miscast, outlast, past, unsurpassed, vast
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