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Synonyms for backwards
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  1. backwardsadjective

    Oriented toward the back.

    The battleship had three backwards guns at the stern, in addition to the primary complement.

    Synonyms:
    rearward, hindwards, retrograde

  2. backwardsadverb

    In the opposite direction of usual.

    The clock did not work because the battery was inserted backwards.

    Synonyms:
    switched, back to front, reversedly, contrariwise, mirror image

  3. backwardsadjective

    In a manner such that the back precedes the front.

    The tour guide walked backwards while droning on to the bored seniors.

    Synonyms:
    in reverse, obsolete, crude, dated, primitive, back to front

  4. backwardsadjective

    Clumsy, inept, or inefficient.

    He was a very backwards scholar, but he was a marvel on the football field.

    Synonyms:
    fumbling, awkward, incompetent, poor

Princeton's WordNet

  1. back, backward, backwards, rearward, rearwardsadverb

    at or to or toward the back or rear

    "he moved back"; "tripped when he stepped backward"; "she looked rearward out the window of the car"

    Synonyms:
    rearwards, back, backward, rearward

  2. backward, backwardsadverb

    in a manner or order or direction the reverse of normal

    "it's easy to get the `i' and the `e' backward in words like `seize' and `siege'"; "the child put her jersey on backward"

    Synonyms:
    rearwards, back, backward, rearward

Editors Contribution

  1. magnetic reversal

    going the opposite way

    we should do the steps backwards to solve the problem.

    Submitted by rinat on September 4, 2019  
  2. reverse order

    they have the same meaning

    reverse the order you are headed go backwards

    Submitted by anonymous on December 26, 2019  

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. backwardsadjective

    Synonyms:
    regressively, rearwards, aback, behind, ABAFT

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases for "backwards":

    back, backward, retrograde, rearward, upside-down, behind, ago, back-to-front

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Words popularity by usage frequency

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#103back
#808ago
#1531behind
#1711poor
#5171dated
#9742switched
#9920crude
#10591primitive
#12026backward
#12297obsolete
#12694backwards
#17452awkward
#24911incompetent
#38684retrograde
#57710fumbling
#90539rearward
#179283contrariwise

How to use backwards in a sentence?

  1. Chrissie Frickman:

    I knew right away he was going to land in the boat, because of the way he was facing -- knocked me backwards and then landed kind of on my feet and ankles, it was pretty much chaos at that point -- my wife had fallen down, she was screaming, the dolphin was making screaming noises, my daughter was totally freaking out and screaming.

  2. Aldous Huxley:

    Technological progress has merely provided us with more efficient means for going backwards.

  3. Adetola Onamade:

    I wonder if they've actually understood what the court has ruled there, we need to think the other way around. There is a clear boundary -- the amount of emissions, the carbon budget that we have, is finite. Adetola Onamade can not extend it any longer and we need to think from that budget backwards, what does it mean for the amount of emissions we can produce today and tomorrow.

  4. Ben Schomin:

    Everybody is bending over backwards, he knows it. It’s just really, really painful when he says something that stupid.

  5. Jim McCollum:

    The way President Biden has handled this, everything President Biden's done every step along the way has been absolutely backwards. And I don't understand the process of how how they came to the decision that they made. A high school kid could make better decisions than they made in this. They may have fumbled the ball every step of the way.


Translations for backwards

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  • pozpátkuCzech
  • rückwärtsGerman
  • προς τα πίσω, επαναφορά επιστροφήGreek
  • malantaŭenEsperanto
  • invertido, a contrapelo, hacia atrásSpanish
  • tagasisuunas, saamatu, vanamoodne, peegelpilt, tahapoole, tagurpidiEstonian
  • väärinpäin, kelvoton, taaksepäin, takaperin, vanhanaikainenFinnish
  • visszafeléHungarian
  • ke belakangIndonesian
  • indietroItalian
  • 뒤로Korean
  • به‌ره‌ودوا, پاشه‌وپاش, دواکه‌وتوKurdish
  • whakatuaraMāori
  • achterwaartsDutch
  • смотрящий, назад, направленныйRussian
  • bakåtriktad, efter, omvänd, baklänges, efterbliven, bakvändSwedish
  • назадUkrainian

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