backflip

noun
back·​flip | \ ˈbak-ˌflip How to pronounce backflip (audio) \

Definition of backflip

: a backward somersault especially in the air

Examples of backflip in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Over the years, Boston Dynamics has put out many a video showing off their robots’ uncanny skills, like the humanoid Atlas doing a backflip and Spot fending off a hockey-stick-wielding human. Matt Simon, Wired, "You Can Now Buy Spot the Robot Dog—If You’ve Got $74,500," 16 June 2020 On her very first run, Dani accidentally did a backflip. Giana Han, al, "How Dani Loeb became the first Alabamian on the US National Ski team," 14 June 2020 By now, Wirfs’ athletic exploits have been all over social media — performing standing backflips into a pool, ‘box-jumping’ out of the pool onto the side, and walking on his hands. Mary Kay Cabot, cleveland, "Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz: ‘Freakish’ Tristan Wirfs could easily play LT for Browns or any other NFL team," 18 Apr. 2020 Biden does backflips to avoid saying anything incendiary, leaving nothing for people to write or talk about—except, that is, how boring the podcast is. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, "Joe Biden’s New Podcast Is So Bad," 10 Apr. 2020 Messing and Nguyen are close friends, and after the awards ceremony Messing did a backflip over a prone Nguyen at center ice. Anchorage Daily News, "Keegan Messing wins bronze, then does a backflip over the silver medalist at Canada’s figure skating championships," 19 Jan. 2020 At Jackson Hole’s Kings and Queens of Corbet’s invitational event this past week, Veronica Paulsen became the first woman to stick a backflip into the iconic shute. Drake Wilson, Sunset Magazine, "Veronica Paulsen Becomes the First Woman to Land a Backflip into an Iconic Rocky Mountain Chute," 12 Feb. 2020 Here's a look back at some of the winners and triumphs in 2019: College gymnast's perfect 10 goes viral Everyone flipped out when Katelyn Ohashi did three backflips, landed into a split and got back up to end her floor routine. Amir Vera, CNN, "A comeback, redemption and broken records are just some of the storylines in 2019 sports," 1 Dec. 2019 Some visits, Via Sophia practically does backflips for its patrons. Tom Sietsema, Washington Post, "Via Sophia brings twists to Italian dining at a downtown hotel," 16 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of backflip

1904, in the meaning defined above

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22 Jun 2020

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“Backflip.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/backflip. Accessed 10 Jul. 2020.

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