Definitions for backwardˈbæk wərd

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

back•wardˈbæk wərd(adv.)back′wards.

  1. toward the back or rear.

  2. with the back foremost.

  3. in the reverse of the usual or right way:

    counting backward from 100.

  4. toward the past.

  5. toward a less advanced state; retrogressively.

  6. (adj.)directed toward the back or past.

  7. reversed; returning:

    a backward movement.

  8. behind in time, progress, or development:

    a backward learner.

  9. bashful or hesitant; shy:

    a backward suitor.

Idioms for backward:

  1. backward(s) and forward(s),in every detail; thoroughly.

    Category: Idiom

  2. bend, lean, or fall over backward,to exert oneself to the utmost; make a serious effort.

    Category: Idiom

Origin of backward:



Princeton's WordNet

  1. backward(adj)

    directed or facing toward the back or rear

    "a backward view"

  2. backward(adj)

    (used of temperament or behavior) marked by a retiring nature

    "a backward lover"

  3. backward, half-witted, slow-witted, feebleminded(adj)

    retarded in intellectual development

  4. backward(adverb)

    having made less than normal progress

    "an economically backward country"

  5. back, backward, backwards, rearward, rearwards(adverb)

    at or to or toward the back or rear

    "he moved back"; "tripped when he stepped backward"; "she looked rearward out the window of the car"

  6. backward, backwards(adverb)

    in a manner or order or direction the reverse of normal

    "it's easy to get the `i' and the `e' backward in words like `seize' and `siege'"; "the child put her jersey on backward"

  7. back, backward(adverb)

    in or to or toward a past time

    "set the clocks back an hour"; "never look back"; "lovers of the past looking fondly backward"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. backward(adjective)ˈbæk wərd

    ≠ forward

    a backward step

  2. backwardˈbæk wərd

    ≠ progressive

    a backward town


  1. backward(Adverb)

    In the direction towards the back; backwards

  2. backward(Adjective)

    Pertaining to the direction towards the back.

  3. backward(Adjective)

    Pertaining to the direction reverse of normal.

    The occasional backward movement of planets is evidence they revolve around the sun.

  4. backward(Adjective)

    Reluctant or unable to advance.

  5. backward(Adjective)

    Of a culture considered undeveloped or unsophisticated.

  6. backward(Adjective)

    Pertaining to a thought or value that is considered outdated.

  7. backward(Adjective)

    On that part of the field behind the batsman's popping crease.

  8. backward(Adjective)

    Further behind the batsman's popping crease than something else.

  9. Origin: From abakward (from on bæc + -weard).

Webster Dictionary

  1. Backward(adverb)

    alt. of Backwards

  2. Backward(adj)

    directed to the back or rear; as, backward glances

  3. Backward(adj)

    unwilling; averse; reluctant; hesitating; loath

  4. Backward(adj)

    not well advanced in learning; not quick of apprehension; dull; inapt; as, a backward child

  5. Backward(adj)

    late or behindhand; as, a backward season

  6. Backward(adj)

    not advanced in civilization; undeveloped; as, the country or region is in a backward state

  7. Backward(adj)

    already past or gone; bygone

  8. Backward(noun)

    the state behind or past

  9. Backward(verb)

    to keep back; to hinder

Anagrams of backward

  1. drawback, draw back

  2. Draw back

  3. Drawback

Translations for backward

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


aimed or directed backwards

He left without a backward glance.

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