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Meaning & Definition of Backward in English

English

Backward

/bækwərd/

adjective

1. Directed or facing toward the back or rear

  • "A backward view"
    synonym:
  • backward

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

  • "A backward lover"
    synonym:
  • backward

3. Retarded in intellectual development

    synonym:
  • backward
  • ,
  • half-witted
  • ,
  • slow-witted
  • ,
  • feebleminded

4. Having made less than normal progress

  • "An economically backward country"
    synonym:
  • backward

adverb

1. 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"
    synonym:
  • back
  • ,
  • backward
  • ,
  • backwards
  • ,
  • rearward
  • ,
  • rearwards

2. 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"
    synonym:
  • backward
  • ,
  • backwards

3. In or to or toward a past time

  • "Set the clocks back an hour"
  • "Never look back"
  • "Lovers of the past looking fondly backward"
    synonym:
  • back
  • ,
  • backward

Examples of using

If you are not going forward, you're going backward.
He fell backward.