Meaning of BACKWARD in English


I. ˈbak-wərd adverb

or back·wards -wərdz

Date: 14th century


a. : toward the back

b. : with the back foremost


a. : in a reverse or contrary direction or way

b. : toward the past

c. : toward a worse state

- bend over backward

II. adjective

Date: 14th century


a. : directed or turned backward

b. : done or executed backward

2. : diffident , shy

3. : retarded in development

• back·ward·ly adverb

• back·ward·ness noun

III. noun

Date: 1610

: the part behind or past

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.