back·​en | \ˈbakən\

Definition of backen 

now dialectal

: to retard the progress of : delay cold weather will backen the corn

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First Known Use of backen

1649, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for backen

back entry 3 + -en

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The first known use of backen was in 1649

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