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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


Antonymsforward

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


SamplesA backward lover.


Similarbashful, blate


See alsotimid


Antonymsforward

3. backward retarded in intellectual development


Synonymsfeebleminded, half-witted, slow-witted


Similarretarded


Domain usagearchaicism, archaism


Antonymsprecocious

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.


Synonymsbackwards

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.


Synonymsback


Antonymsahead, forward









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