on one's back

O o


    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [bak]
    • /ɒn, ɔn wʌnz bæk/
    • /ɒn wʌnz bæk/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [bak]
    • /ɒn, ɔn wʌnz bæk/

Definitions of on one's back words

  • noun on one's back the rear part of the human body, extending from the neck to the lower end of the spine. 1
  • noun on one's back the part of the body of animals corresponding to the human back. 1
  • noun on one's back the rear portion of any part of the body: the back of the head. 1
  • noun on one's back the whole body, with reference to clothing: the clothes on his back. 1
  • noun on one's back ability for labor; effort; endurance: He put his back into the task. 1
  • noun on one's back the part opposite to or farthest from the front; the rear part: the back of a hall. 1

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Origin of on one's back

First appearance:

before 1000
One of the 6% oldest English words
before 1000; Middle English bak, Old English bæc back of the body; cognate with Old Frisian bek, Old Saxon, Old Norse bak; perhaps < Indo-European *bhogo- bending; cf. bacon

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Parts of speech for On one's back


on one's back popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 100% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

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