verb (used with or without object)
  1. to sew by backstitch.

Origin of backstitch

First recorded in 1605–15; back2 + stitch Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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British Dictionary definitions for back-stitch


  1. a strong sewing stitch made by starting the next stitch at the middle or beginning of the preceding one
  1. to sew using this stitch
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Word Origin and History for back-stitch

1610s, from back (adj.) + stitch (n.).

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