[bak-sawrd, -sohrd]


a sword with only one sharp edge; broadsword.
(formerly) a cudgel having a basket hilt, used in fencing exhibitions.

Nearby words

  1. backstroke,
  2. backstroker,
  3. backswept,
  4. backswimmer,
  5. backswing,
  6. backswordman,
  7. backswordsman,
  8. backtalk,
  9. backtrack,
  10. backup

Origin of backsword

First recorded in 1590–1600; back1 + sword Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for backsword

  • My backsword play hath been thought well of by stout men of war.

    Micah Clarke|Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Backsword play: the game of single-stick, or fencing with cudgels.

    Tom Brown at Rugby|Thomas Hughes

British Dictionary definitions for backsword



another name for broadsword
Also called: backswordsman a person who uses the backsword
a fencing stick with a basket-like protective hilt
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