• Backwards Definition & Synonyms

  1. (adv.) By way of reflection; reflexively.
  2. (adv.) From a better to a worse state, as from honor to shame, from religion to sin.
  3. (adv.) Toward, or in, past time or events; ago.
  4. (adv.) On the back, or with the back downward.
  5. (adv.) With the back in advance or foremost; as, to ride backward.
  6. (adv.) In a contrary or reverse manner, way, or direction; contrarily; as, to read backwards.
  7. (adv.) Toward the back; toward the rear; as, to throw the arms backward.

Back, Backward, Rearward,

• Backward Definition & Synonyms

  1. (a.) Already past or gone; bygone.
  2. (a.) Directed to the back or rear; as, backward glances.
  3. (a.) Unwilling; averse; reluctant; hesitating; loath.
  4. (v. i.) To keep back; to hinder.
  5. (a.) Late or behindhand; as, a backward season.
  6. (a.) Not advanced in civilization; undeveloped; as, the country or region is in a backward state.
  7. (adv.) Alt. of Backwards
  8. (n.) The state behind or past.
  9. (a.) Not well advanced in learning; not quick of apprehension; dull; inapt; as, a backward child.

Back, Backwards, Rearward,