back·​flip ˈbak-ˌflip How to pronounce backflip (audio)
: a backward somersault especially in the air

Examples of backflip in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In the following slide, the father of three shared a video of his son doing a backflip into the sand. Jordan Greene, Peoplemag, 27 Mar. 2024 Other bipedal robots, like Boston Dynamics’ Atlas, can already perform backflips and chuck large objects. Popular Science, 29 Feb. 2024 Archer was a member of Nitro Circus and was the first rider to land a triple backflip in competition in 2022. USA TODAY, 22 Feb. 2024 Archer was last seen performing a triple backflip during a Nitro Circus Live Show in Jay, Oklahoma, in June 2023, per CBS Sports. Ingrid Vasquez, Peoplemag, 22 Feb. 2024 There have been backflips after Beckford won two NCAA titles and four AAC titles at South Florida, won a Jamaican national championship and a junior college national title along with victories at numerous other meets. Bob Holt,, 21 Feb. 2024 Nitro Circus founder Travis Pastrana posted an Instagram video of archer's famed triple backflip in tribute to his late friend. David K. Li, NBC News, 22 Feb. 2024 Beckford, 6-5 and 185 pounds, hopes to do another backflip this weekend at the Randal Tyson Center, where Arkansas is hosting the SEC Indoor Track and Field Championships on Friday and Saturday. Bob Holt,, 21 Feb. 2024 Tyreek Hill — Selfie backflip A backflip has become somewhat of a signature celebration for Tyreek Hill. Victoria Hernandez, USA TODAY, 10 Jan. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1904, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of backflip was in 1904

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“Backflip.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Apr. 2024.

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back·​flip -ˌflip How to pronounce backflip (audio)
: a backward somersault especially in the air
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