Meaning of BACKWARD in English

BACKWARD

/ ˈbækwəd; NAmE -wərd/ adjective

1.

[ only before noun ] directed or moving towards the back :

She strode past him without a backward glance .

2.

moving in a direction that means that no progress is being made

SYN retrograde :

She felt that going back to live in her home town would be a backward step.

3.

having made less progress than normal; developing slowly :

a backward part of the country, with no paved roads and no electricity

a backward child

( BrE , informal )

She's not backward in coming forward (= she's not shy) .

—compare forward

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WORD ORIGIN

Middle English : from earlier abackward , from aback .

Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне.