Definition of avast in English:

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Pronunciation: /əˈvɑːst/


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!'.

  • 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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