the analogical creation of one word from another word that appears to be a derived or inflected form of the first by dropping the apparent affix or by modification.
a word so formed, as typewrite from typewriter.
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- back emission,
- back end,
- back float,
- back focus,
- back foot,
- back forty,
- back four,
- back gear,
- back green,
- back hack
Origin of back formation
First recorded in 1885–90
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the invention of a new word on the assumption that a familiar word is derived from it. The verbs edit and burgle were so created from editor and burglar
a word formed by this process
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