Naut. stop; cease; halt
Origin of avast; from Dutch hou'vast, houd vast, hold fast
Used as a command to stop or desist.
Origin of avastFrom Middle Dutch hou vast, hold fast : hou, houd, imperative of houden, to hold + vast, fast; see past- in Indo-European roots.
- The form "avast, ye!" (as in "Avast, Hoisting!" or "Avast, this noise" or "Avast ye landlubbers!!") is often seen, but this is nonstandard.
- "Avast hauling!" is (was, in 1950) still commonly used in U.S. Navy deck operations.
From the Dutch hou vast (“hold fast”).