adverb Also back·wards.
- backup light,
- backward and forward,
- backward heart failure,
Origin of backward
Examples from the Web for backwards
Since bandwidth has become reasonable, paying extra for it feels like a backwards move.Porn Fights For Your Right to Surf: Pornhub, YouPorn, and Redtube Lead Charge For Net Neutrality|Aurora Snow|September 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
In the search for an alternative, both writers looked not forward, but backwards.In the Future We'll All Be Renters: America's Disappearing Middle Class|Joel Kotkin|August 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Speaking up about this backwards philosophy is actually how she got the gig.Who’s That ‘Bum’ Girl? The Brit Telling Americans How To Wipe Their Asses|Sara Lieberman|June 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST
People are jumping forwards and backwards, and the results are haunting and moving.The making-of-the-video is worth a watch.Zooey Deschanel & More of the Best Music Videos of the Week (VIDEO)|Jean Trinh|May 25, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Kerry responded that Peres had it backwards: this was a matter of the parties' agency.
The distance is 670 miles, which could be performed in four days and six days, backwards and forwards.
I cannot bend forward,' says the Devil, 'for backwards are my knees.'Ancient Irish Poetry|Various
Quickly Florence returned the pressure, then began pulling her backwards.The Mystery of Carlitos|Helen Randolph
Charnock struck him with his shoulder and forced him backwards by the weight of the bag.The Girl From Keller's|Harold Bindloss
In the Scottish version there are only two girls who join hands and pull each other backwards and forwards, repeating the words.The Traditional Games of England, Scotland, and Ireland (Vol I of II)|Alice Bertha Gomme
- of or relating to the past; conservative or reactionary
- (in combination)backward-looking
1510s, from backward with adverbial genitive. Figurative phrase bend over backwards is recorded from 1901.
c.1300, from abakward, from Old English on bæc (see back (adv.)) + -weard adjectival and adverbial suffix (see -ward). Old English had the adverb bæcling. As an adjective, from 1550s. Meaning "behindhand with regard to progress" is first attested 1690s. To ring bells backward (from lowest to highest), c.1500, was a signal of alarm for fire or invasion, or to express dismay. Another Middle English word for "backward, wrongly" was arseward (c.1400).
In addition to the idiom beginning with backward
- backward and forward
- bend over backward
- fall over (backwards)
- know like a book (backwards and forwards)