Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Oriented toward the back.
  • adj. Reversed.
  • adj. Behind current trends or technology.
  • adj. Clumsy, inept, or inefficient.
  • adv. Toward the back.
  • adv. In the opposite direction of usual.
  • adv. In a manner such that the back precedes the front.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • See backward.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adv. at or to or toward the back or rear
  • adv. in a manner or order or direction the reverse of normal

Etymologies

backward +‎ -s. See -s (Etymology 3) (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • He is to skip three times while repeating thrice the following sentence, and after repeating three times forwards and backwards: thus (_forwards_) -- 'Fear and dread shall fall upon them by the greatness of thine arm; they shall be as still as a stone'; thus (_backwards_) -- 'Still as a stone may they be; by the greatness of thine arm may fear and dread fall on them'; he then is to say to his neighbour three times, 'Peace be unto you,' and the neighbour is to respond three times, 'Unto you be peace.'

    Moon Lore

  • '' We are definitely going in backwards from the way we wanted to, '' said Romo, who was 23-of-32 for 321 yards with two touchdowns.

    USATODAY.com - Football - Detroit vs. Dallas

  • Amabo Kcarab!!! you say his name backwards and it opens a portal which sucks american jobs into oblivion

    msnbc.com: Top msnbc.com headlines

  • Spirits in the Material World - The Police if you read the title backwards it says eciloP ehT - dlroW lairetaM eht ni stiripS

    WN.com - Articles related to Traditional plastics shelved in bio-product industry

  • The word backwards is also mirror-imaged, which typepad wouldn't let me do, but it all adds to the allure of the book, as does the lime gree ribbon bookmark, and offers plenty to talk about with children.

    Pippi Longstocking

  • Yep, my last name backwards is so horrible I won't even tell you what it is.

    Trebor Nosnibor

  • Zemeks -- young, proud, not real-life worldly yet; that's ok, young Grasshopper -- you need to live a few more years on earth before you can engage me with your "real world" observations and advice; your name backwards is Skemez -- "schemes?" how you made it through school and interviews? it figures;

    Sound Politics: Anti-War Progressives For McGavick?

  • Emily Mann, the director, wrote in a program note that the word "backwards" was used in the title for two reasons.

    NYT > Home Page

  • While those spacecraft performed admirably over the life of Apollo is not NASA taking a step backwards from the shuttle program?

    NASA Workforce Issues - Continued - NASA Watch

  • You take that “what not to do,” where I scored a big fat zero, and you multiply it by the number of people who contact me and the number of days I persist in backwards marketing.

    I do everything wrong | Johnny B. Truant

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