Meaning of BACKWARD in English

BACKWARD

■ adjective

1》 directed behind or to the rear.

2》 having made less progress than is normal or expected.

↘(of a person) having learning difficulties.

3》 [with negative ] ( ~ in ) lacking the confidence to do: he was not ~ in displaying his talents.

4》 Cricket (of a fielding position) behind an imaginary line passing through the stumps at the batsman's end at right angles to the wicket.

■ adverb variant of ~s .

Derivatives

~ly adverb

~ness noun

Origin

ME: from earlier a~ , from aback .

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