adverb, adjective

on or into the ground; in a stranded condition or state: The ship ran aground.

Origin of aground

1250–1300; Middle English. See a-1, ground1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for aground

Historical Examples of aground

  • The landing boat was aground, having removed the two passengers.

    Sand Doom

    William Fitzgerald Jenkins

  • This ship, also aground in the Middle Channel, now came into action with a roar.

    The Long Roll

    Mary Johnston

  • The ship was plunging fore and aft—a sure sign that she was not now aground.

    The Cryptogram

    William Murray Graydon

  • You threatened to drown Tony, and if your boat had not got aground you would have run him down.

    The Boat Club

    Oliver Optic

  • "Well, Bob, we must come about or get aground," I continued.

    Seek and Find

    Oliver Optic

British Dictionary definitions for aground


adverb, adjective

(postpositive) on or onto the ground or bottom, as in shallow water
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Word Origin and History for aground

late 13c., "on the ground," from a- "on" (see a- (1)) + ground (n.). Of ships and boats, "stranded," from c.1500.

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