Meaning of BACKWARD in English



Pronunciation: ' bak-w ə rd

Variant: or back · wards \ -w ə rdz \

Function: adverb

Date: 14th century

1 a : toward the back b : with the back foremost

2 a : in a reverse or contrary direction or way b : toward the past c : toward a worse state

– bend over backward or lean over backward : to make extreme efforts (as at concession)

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