adverb Also, back·wards.
toward the back or rear.
with the back foremost.
in the reverse of the usual or right way: counting backward from 100.
toward the past: to look backward over one's earlier mistakes.
toward a less advanced state; retrogressively: Since the overthrow of the president the country has moved steadily backward.
directed toward the back or past.
reversed; returning: a backward movement; a backward journey.
behind in time or progress; late; slow: a backward learner; a backward country.
bashful or hesitant; shy: a backward lover.
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backward and forward, thoroughly: He knew his lesson backward and forward. Also, backwards and forwards.
Origin: 1250–1300; Middle English bakwarde. See back1, -wardRelated forms
8. tardy; retarded, underdeveloped. 9. disinclined; timid, retiring.