|1.||(usually prenominal) directed towards the rear: a backward glance|
|2.||retarded in physical, material, or intellectual development: backward countries; a backward child|
|3.||a. of or relating to the past; conservative or reactionary|
|b. (in combination): backward-looking|
|4.||reluctant or bashful: a backward lover|
|5.||chess (of a pawn) behind neighbouring pawns and unable to be supported by them|
|6.||a variant of backwards|
backward and forward
Also, backwards and forwards.
Same as back and forth.
Thoroughly, completely, as in He read the speech over and over, until he knew it backwards and forwards. [Late 1500s]