back·​ass·​ward ˈbak-ˈa-swərd How to pronounce backassward (audio)
variants or less commonly backasswards
US, informal
: utterly or ridiculously backward, foolish, or wrong : ass-backward
… encouraging backassward thinking …John C. Dvorak, PC Magazine, 9 June 1998
backassward adverb
or less commonly backasswards
We were doing everything backasswards that I thought we should be doing in the country. Joseph Kennedy, quoted in Washington Post, 6 June 1993

Word History


alteration of ass-backward entry 1

First Known Use

1971, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of backassward was in 1971

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“Backassward.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jun. 2024.

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