Meaning of BACKWARD in English


— backwardly , adv. — backwardness , n.

/bak"weuhrd/ , adv. Also, backwards .

1. toward the back or rear.

2. with the back foremost.

3. in the reverse of the usual or right way: counting backward from 100.

4. toward the past: to look backward over one's earlier mistakes.

5. toward a less advanced state; retrogressively: Since the overthrow of the president the country has moved steadily backward.

6. backward and forward , thoroughly: He knew his lesson backward and forward. Also, backwards and forwards .


7. directed toward the back or past.

8. reversed; returning: a backward movement; a backward journey.

9. behind in time or progress; late; slow: a backward learner; a backward country.

10. bashful or hesitant; shy: a backward lover.

[ 1250-1300; ME bakwarde. See BACK 1 , -WARD ]

Syn. 9. tardy; retarded, underdeveloped. 10. disinclined; timid, retiring.

Ant. 1. forward.

Random House Webster's Unabridged English dictionary.      Полный английский словарь Вебстер - Random House .