1. [ adverb ] at or to or toward or the back or rear
Synonyms: back rearward backwards rearwards

"he moved back" "tripped when he stepped backward" "she looked rearward out the window of the car"

Related terms: forward
2. [ adjective ] directed or facing toward the back or rear

"a backward view"

Related terms: forward negative inverse regardant rearward reflexive retracted cacuminal retroflex retral receding returning converse backswept retrospective regressive
3. [ adverb ] in a manner or order or direction the reverse of normal
Synonyms: backwards

"it's easy to get the `i' and the `e' backward in words like `seize' and `siege'" "the child put her jersey on backward"

4. [ adverb ] in or to or toward a past time
Synonyms: back

"set the clocks back an hour" "never look back" "lovers of the past looking fondly backward"

Related terms: ahead ahead
5. [ adjective ] retarded in intellectual development
Synonyms: feebleminded
Related terms: retarded
6. [ adjective ] (used of temperament or behavior) marked by a retiring nature

"a backward lover"

Related terms: forward bashful timid
Similar spelling:   backwards