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 One of the traits that Holmes and scouts talked about with Joseph was his athleticism — this video of him doing a backflip while wearing crocs backs that up. Tony Garcia, Detroit Free Press, 30 Apr. 2022 Elsefy threw Karachenko out of the ring, and then Elsefy threw a backflip for the crowd. Joseph Goodman, al, 10 July 2022 But Cook hit the jump the third time and pulled the backflip. Bryan Alexander, USA TODAY, 8 Mar. 2022 The backflip is the latest example of the confusion surrounding COVID guidelines that’s plaguing both officials and citizens as case numbers continue to surge. Chris Bourke, Fortune, 6 Jan. 2022 Last week, Chen returned from Beijing, after finishing off the Games with a backflip on ice at the figure-skating exhibition gala. Eren Orbey, The New Yorker, 26 Feb. 2022 Arias loved his three brothers and two stepsisters, too; Anthony says that aside from learning how to do a standing backflip (after first mastering a front flip off a pool diving board), being a big brother was his proudest accomplishment. The Editors, Outside Online, 22 Dec. 2020 All of a sudden, Bowie did a giant backflip while letting out an awful yelp. Wes Siler, Outside Online, 17 July 2021 The Swiss skier blew minds with his first lap on the circuit this year, putting down a clean double backflip (a competition first) at Baqueira Beret, a new Freeride World Tour venue, to take the win—on a wildcard entry, to boot. Abigail Barronian, Outside Online, 2 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of backflip

1904, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of backflip was in 1904

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10 Aug 2022

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“Backflip.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Aug. 2022.

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