Meaning of BACKWARD in English

BACKWARD

adv. & adj.

adv. = BACKWARDS. ° Backwards is now more common, esp. in literal senses.

adj. 1 directed to the rear or starting-point (a backward look). 2 reversed. 3 mentally retarded or slow. 4 reluctant, shy, unassertive. backwardness n.

[ earlier abackward, assoc. with BACK ]

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