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1. backward

adverb. ['ˈbækwɝd'] at or to or toward the back or rear.

Synonyms

  • rearward
  • rearwards
  • back

Antonyms

  • correct
  • head
  • obverse
  • synonymous

Etymology

  • abakward (Old English (ca. 450-1100))
  • -ward (Old English (ca. 450-1100))

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Words that Rhyme with Backward

  • awkward
  • awkward
  • aylward
  • buzzword
  • carryforward
  • cloward
  • derward
  • dorward
  • downward
  • durward
  • eastward
  • eduard
  • edward
  • gatward
  • goward
  • hallward
  • harward
  • hayward
  • heyward
  • homeward

Example sentences of the word backward


1. Adverb
One row is traversed in a forward direction while the other row must be cleared backward.

2. Noun, singular or mass
You then step forward on one leg and lean backward.

3. Adjective
Pause, stand straight up, take a backward step down and repeat.

Quotes containing the word backward


1. At the end of the day, we must go forward with hope and not backward by fear and division.
- Jesse Jackson

2. I hope to stand firm enough to not go backward, and yet not go forward fast enough to wreck the country's cause.
- Abraham Lincoln

3. Honestly, if you were any slower, you’d be going backward.
- J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

2. backward

adjective. ['ˈbækwɝd'] directed or facing toward the back or rear.

Synonyms

  • rearward
  • receding
  • cacuminal
  • reversed
  • retral
  • inverse
  • reverse
  • converse
  • reflexive
  • retrograde
  • reversive
  • retrospective
  • returning
  • regardant
  • backswept
  • sweptback
  • regressive
  • retroflex
  • self-referent
  • retracted
  • retroflexed

Antonyms

  • forward
  • progressive
  • front
  • appearance

Etymology

  • abakward (Old English (ca. 450-1100))
  • -ward (Old English (ca. 450-1100))

3. backward

adverb. ['ˈbækwɝd'] in a manner or order or direction the reverse of normal.

Antonyms

  • gain

Etymology

  • abakward (Old English (ca. 450-1100))
  • -ward (Old English (ca. 450-1100))

4. backward

adjective. ['ˈbækwɝd'] (used of temperament or behavior) marked by a retiring nature.

Synonyms

  • bashful
  • timid

Antonyms

  • forward
  • unturned
  • anterior

Etymology

  • abakward (Old English (ca. 450-1100))
  • -ward (Old English (ca. 450-1100))

5. backward

adjective. ['ˈbækwɝd'] having made less than normal progress.

Synonyms

  • adynamic

Antonyms

  • direct
  • synchronise

Etymology

  • abakward (Old English (ca. 450-1100))
  • -ward (Old English (ca. 450-1100))

6. backward

adjective. ['ˈbækwɝd'] retarded in intellectual development.

Synonyms

  • slow-witted
  • half-witted
  • feebleminded

Antonyms

  • falsify
  • stay
  • synchronize
  • consecrate

Etymology

  • abakward (Old English (ca. 450-1100))
  • -ward (Old English (ca. 450-1100))

7. backward

adverb. ['ˈbækwɝd'] in or to or toward a past time.

Antonyms

  • ahead

Etymology

  • abakward (Old English (ca. 450-1100))
  • -ward (Old English (ca. 450-1100))
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