- The definition of back burner is something that has been put aside, usually in favor of more immediate goals or more important projects.
An example of putting something on the back burner is when a mom delays going to college in order to take care of her baby.
Origin of back burnerfrom the idea of putting a pot on a back burner of a stove to keep its contents warm
(plural back burners)
- A section of a stove used to keep some pots warm while one focuses on others.
- (idiomatic) A state of low urgency; a state of low current importance.
(comparative more back-burner, superlative most back-burner)
- (idiomatic) Having low urgency; not currently important.