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English adjective: backward

1. backward directed or facing toward the back or rear

SamplesA backward view.

Similarbackswept, cacuminal, converse, inverse, rearward, receding, reflexive, regardant, retracted, retral, retroflex, retroflex, retroflexed, retrograde, returning, reverse, reverse, reversed, reversive, self-referent, sweptback, transposed

See alsoregressive, retrospective


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

SamplesA backward lover.

Similarbashful, blate

See alsotimid


3. backward retarded in intellectual development

Synonymsfeebleminded, half-witted, slow-witted


Domain usagearchaicism, archaism


4. backward having made less than normal progress

SamplesAn economically backward country.

Similaradynamic, undynamic

Antonymsdynamic, dynamical

English adverb: backward

1. backward at or to or toward the back or rear

SamplesHe moved back.
Tripped when he stepped backward.
She looked rearward out the window of the car.

Synonymsback, backwards, rearward, rearwards

Antonymsforrad, forrard, forward, forwards, frontward, frontwards

2. backward in a manner or order or direction the reverse of normal

SamplesIt's easy to get the `i' and the `e' backward in words like `seize' and `siege'.
The child put her jersey on backward.


3. backward in or to or toward a past time

SamplesSet the clocks back an hour.
Never look back.
Lovers of the past looking fondly backward.


Antonymsahead, forward

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