back·​ass·​ward | \ ˈbak-ˈa-swərd How to pronounce backassward (audio) \
variants: or less commonly backasswards \ ˈbak-​ˈa-​swərdz How to pronounce backassward (audio) \

Definition of backassward

US, informal
: utterly or ridiculously backward, foolish, or wrong : ass-backward … encouraging backassward thinking …— John C. Dvorak, PC Magazine, 9 June 1998

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Other Words from backassward

backassward or less commonly backasswards adverb
We were doing everything backasswards that I thought we should be doing in the country. — Joseph Kennedy, quoted in Washington Post, 6 June 1993

First Known Use of backassward

1971, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for backassward

alteration of ass-backward entry 1

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“Backassward.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Sep. 2021.

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