What does backfire mean?

Definitions for backfireˈbækˌfaɪər

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word backfire.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. blowback, backfire(noun)

    the backward escape of gases and unburned gunpowder after a gun is fired

  2. backfire(noun)

    a loud noise made by the explosion of fuel in the manifold or exhaust of an internal combustion engine

  3. backfire(noun)

    a fire that is set intentionally in order to slow an approaching forest fire or grassfire by clearing a burned area in its path

  4. backfire, boomerang(verb)

    a miscalculation that recoils on its maker

  5. backfire, backlash, recoil(verb)

    come back to the originator of an action with an undesired effect

    "Your comments may backfire and cause you a lot of trouble"

  6. backfire(verb)

    emit a loud noise as a result of undergoing a backfire

    "My old car backfires all the time"

  7. backfire(verb)

    set a controlled fire to halt an advancing forest to prairie fire


  1. backfire(Verb)

    (Of a gun or cannon) to fire in the opposite direction, for example due to an obstruction in the barrel.

  2. backfire(Verb)

    To fail in a manner that brings down further misfortune.

    His attempt to make money by importing luxury cars horribly backfired when fuel prices tripled.

  3. Origin: From back + fire.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of backfire in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of backfire in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. One OPEC source:

    If we are meeting for the sake of meeting, it would backfire.

  2. Eddie Brummelman:

    It's well-intentioned parenting always, parents always want the best for their child, but sometimes they use practices that without their knowing backfire.

  3. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter:

    My problem isn't that I don't understand what they're doing, i think my problem is that I think what they're doing is going to backfire and is counterproductive.

  4. Thomas Gerakis:

    It looked like a walk in a park for Alexis Tsipras - there was a chasm between Alexis Tsipras. But we see now that if one underestimates the other, it will only backfire, i'M NOT FAKE.

  5. Alissa Rumsey:

    If you enjoy a moderate amount of alcohol and it is something that is important to you, I don't recommend restricting yourself to try to lose weight, this type of restriction tends to backfire.

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Translations for backfire

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • nach hinten losgehen, fehlschlagenGerman
  • salir el tiro por la culata, tener contraefecto, tener efecto retroactivoSpanish
  • mennä pieleen, kostautua, epäonnistuaFinnish
  • se retourner contre, avoir l'effet inverseFrench
  • avere effetto contrarioItalian
  • falenDutch
  • sair pela culatraPortuguese
  • привести к обратным результатам, приводить к обратным результатамRussian
  • vratiti se, obiti se o glavuSerbo-Croatian

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