Stop; cease: a sailor is expected to keep hauling until the mate hollers ‘Avast!’
More example sentences
- Time to splice yer mainbrace, stow yer bilge, avast yer scurvy dog.
- Avast there ye scalliwags!
early 17th century: from Dutch hou'vast, houd vast 'hold fast!'.
Definition of avast in:
- The US English dictionary