Definition of avast in English:

avast

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Pronunciation: /əˈvɑːst
 
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exclamation

Nautical
  • 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!

Origin

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

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