[ fawl-bak ]
/ ˈfɔlˌbæk /


an act or instance of falling back.
something or someone to turn or return to, especially for help or as an alternative: His teaching experience would be a fallback if the business failed.


Also fall-back. of or designating something kept in reserve or as an alternative: The negotiators agreed on a fallback position.

Nearby words

  1. fallacy,
  2. fallacy of composition,
  3. fallacy of division,
  4. fallacy of many questions,
  5. fallal,
  6. fallboard,
  7. fallen,
  8. fallen arch,
  9. fallen timbers,
  10. faller

Origin of fallback

1750–60, Americanism; noun, adj. use of verb phrase fall back

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Word Origin and History for fallback



also fall-back; 1767 as a type of chair; 1930 as "a position to be used in an emergency;" from fall (v.) + back (adv.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper