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backward

[ bak-werd ]
/ ˈbæk wərd /
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adverb Also backwards.
adjective
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Idioms about backward

    backward and forward, thoroughly: He knew his lesson backward and forward.Also backwards and forwards.

Origin of backward

First recorded in 1250–1300, backward is from the Middle English word bakwarde.See back1, -ward

OTHER WORDS FROM backward

back·ward·ly, adverbback·ward·ness, nounun·back·ward, adjective
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How to use backward in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for backward

backward
/ (ˈbækwəd) /

adjective
(usually prenominal) directed towards the reara backward glance
retarded in physical, material, or intellectual developmentbackward countries; a backward child
  1. of or relating to the past; conservative or reactionary
  2. (in combination)backward-looking
reluctant or bashfula backward lover
chess (of a pawn) behind neighbouring pawns and unable to be supported by them
adverb
a variant of backwards

Derived forms of backward

backwardly, adverbbackwardness, noun
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