Backward definitions

băk'wərd
Directed or facing toward the back or rear.
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Done or arranged in a manner or order that is opposite to previous occurrence or normal use.
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Unwilling to act; reluctant; shy.
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Behind others in progress or development.

The technology was backward, but the system worked.

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To or toward the back or rear.
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With the back leading.
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In a reverse manner or order.
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To, toward, or into the past.
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Toward a worse or less advanced condition.
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Toward the back or rear; behind.
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With the back or rear foremost.
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In reverse.

To spell a word backward.

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In a way contrary to the normal or usual way.
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Toward earlier times; into the past.
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From a better to a worse state.
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Turned or directed toward the rear or in the opposite way.
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Hesitant, bashful, or shy, as in meeting people.
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Late in developing or growing; retarded; slow.
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(of motion) Pertaining to the direction towards the back.

They left without a backward glance.

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(of motion) Pertaining to the direction reverse of normal.

The occasional backward movement of planets is evidence they revolve around the sun.

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Of a culture considered undeveloped or unsophisticated.
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Pertaining to a thought or value that is considered outdated.
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(cricket) On that part of the field behind the batsman's popping crease.
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(cricket) Further behind the batsman's popping crease than something else.
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Slow to apprehend; having difficulties in learning.

A backward child.

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Late or behindhand.

A backward season.

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(of motion) In the direction towards the back; backwards.

To walk or ride backward; to throw the arms backward.

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Toward, or in, past time or events; ago.
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By way of reflection; reflexively.

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From a better to a worse state, as from honor to shame, from religion to sin.
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The state behind or past.
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Origin of backward

From Old English abakward (from on bæc + -weard). back +‎ -ward