[ kuhm-bak ]
/ ˈkʌmˌbæk /


a return to a former higher rank, popularity, position, prosperity, etc.: The ex-champion kept trying to make a comeback.
a clever or effective retort; rejoinder; riposte: That was a great comeback the comedian made to the hecklers.
Informal. a basis or cause of complaint: If you insist on buying these pointed shoes, you'll have no comeback when your toes start to hurt.

Nearby words

  1. come-all-ye,
  2. come-at-able,
  3. come-hither,
  4. come-on,
  5. come-outer,
  6. comecon,
  7. comedial,
  8. comedian,
  9. comedic,
  10. comedienne

Origin of comeback

First recorded in 1815–25; noun use of verb phrase come back Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for comeback


/ (ˈkʌmˌbæk) /

noun informal

verb come back (intr, adverb)

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Word Origin and History for comeback



"verbal retort," 1889, from come + back (adj.). Meaning "recovery, return to former position or condition after retirement or loss" is attested from 1908, American English.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper