• synonyms


See more synonyms for unbacked on Thesaurus.com
  1. without backing or support.
  2. not supported by bets: an unbacked challenger.
  3. not endorsed: an unbacked product.
  4. never having been mounted by a rider, as a horse.
Show More

Origin of unbacked

First recorded in 1585–95; un-1 + backed
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words


Examples from the Web for unbacked

Historical Examples

  • More to the northward, the country was low and unbacked by any elevations.

    Two Expeditions into the Interior of Southern Australia, Complete

    Charles Sturt

  • Such large amounts of unbacked paper could lead to but one result, a steadily increasing depreciation.

  • He paid their fare at the opening in the tent and went in and sat on one of the crude, unbacked benches.

  • Marie made up for lost time, for being alone now, and unbacked by sympathising friends, I was again in her power.

    The Confession of a Fool

    August Strindberg

  • Reliance upon high sounding words, unbacked by deeds, is proof of a mind that dwells only in the realm of shadow and of sham.

British Dictionary definitions for unbacked


  1. (of a book, chair, etc) not having a back
  2. bereft of support, esp on a financial basis
  3. (of a horse)
    1. not supported by bets
    2. never having been ridden
Show More
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012