Backward - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˈbækwərd|  American pronunciation of the word backward
Brit.  |ˈbakwəd|  British pronunciation of the word backward


- retarded in intellectual development (syn: feebleminded, half-witted, slow-witted)
- having made less than normal progress


- at or to or toward the back or rear(syn: back, backwards, rearward, rearwards)
- in a manner or order or direction the reverse of normal(syn: backwards)
- in or to or toward a past time(syn: back)


a sudden movement backward, not forward

I heard a noise behind me and glanced backward.

He pushed the throttle backward.

She took a small step backward.

The narrative moves backward and forward in time.

a technologically backward village that has no running water

...a backward turn on ice skates is hard to learn because you can't see where you're going...

Harvest is extremely backward this year.

He turned sharply round and walked backward.

Bending backward or forward is not to be permitted.

They are beaten backward from the palace.

The work went backward.

She went without a backward glance.

it's easy to get the 'i' and the 'e' backward in words like 'seize' and 'siege'

the child put her jersey on backward

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