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backward

adjective

Synonyms and Antonyms of backward

  1. 1 directed, turned, or done toward the back <a backward turn on ice skates is hard to learn because you can't see where you're going> Synonyms rearward, retrograde Related Words reverse, reversed; aft, after, hind, posterior, rear; astern, sternforemost Near Antonyms forward

  2. 2 not comfortable around people <curiously, the quiet, backward man opened up when around other introverts> Synonyms shy, bashful, coy, demure, diffident, introverted, modest, recessive, retiring, self-effacing, sheepish, withdrawnRelated Words antisocial, lone, lone-wolf, unsociable, unsocial; awkward, embarrassed, self-conscious, unadventurous, unassertive, unenterprising; inhibited, reserved, uneasy, uptightNear Antonyms boon, clubbable (also clubable), companionable, convivial, gregarious, sociable, social; bold, dashing, forceful; brash, forward, overbold, uninhibited, unreservedAntonyms extroverted (also extraverted), immodest, outgoing




backward

adverb

Synonyms and Antonyms of backward

  1. 1 toward the rear <looking backward, we could see the town receding in the distance> Synonyms back, rearward (also rearwards) Related Words astern, sternforemost; anticlockwise [chiefly British], counterclockwise, left-handed, left-handedly, retrograde, reversely, widdershins (also withershins) Near Antonyms before Antonyms ahead, along, forth, forward, forwards, on, onward (also onwards)

  2. 2 toward the opposite direction <the loud noise prompted him to glance backward to see what was happening> Synonyms about, back, around (or backwards), roundRelated Words behind, down, downward (or downwards), rearward (also rearwards); obversely, reversely; across, athwart, counter, counterclockwise, widdershins (also withershins)Near Antonyms clockwise, deasil



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