Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “backward”

See all translations

backward

adverb [not gradable]  /ˈbæk·wərd/ ( also backwards,  /ˈbæk·wərdz/) us  

backward adverb [not gradable] (TOWARD THE BACK)

toward the direction that is opposite to the one in which you are facing or opposite to the usual direction: He took a step backward. He began counting backward: "Ten, nine, eight . . ." She was skating around the rink, backward and forward.

backward

adjective  /ˈbæk·wərd/ us  

backward adjective (TOWARD THE BACK)

[not gradable] directed toward the back or in the direction that is opposite to the one in which you are facing: He did a terrific backward somersault.

backward adjective (NOT DEVELOPED)

not developed, or not modern or advanced: The state needs to reform its backward election laws.
(Definition of backward from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of backward?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “backward” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

flight of fancy

an idea that shows a lot of imagination but is not practical

Word of the Day

Lies, lies, lies!

by Kate Woodford,
February 25, 2015
​​​ According to sociologists (=people who study the relationships between people living in groups), we are good at lying. As a species, we have developed a remarkable ability to deceive each other (= persuade each other that something false is true). Being able to say things that are not true can help with

Read More 

showrooming noun

February 23, 2015
the activity of examining a product in a physical store and then making the purchase with an online retailer Amazon’s new smartphone is specifically designed to make showrooming fast and easy.

Read More