back·​side ˈbak-ˌsīd How to pronounce backside (audio)
: the part of the body that a person sits on : buttocks
I slid down on my backside, heaving or rowing myself with my arms and using my good leg for steering …Oliver Sacks
: the part of the body of a four-legged animal corresponding to the buttocks : rump sense 1a
… admits she hit the dog's backside but denies hitting it on the head.Ann Krueger
or back side : the side or surface opposite the front or face of something : the farthest or reverse side : back
A tight, rocky couloir drops down the backside of the peak …Mike Beaudry
The guy with the clipboard pulled me over, pointed to an innocuous little knob on the back side of the engine and said it's part of the computer and needs to be replaced.Tom and Ray Magliozzi
or back side
: the side opposite the homestretch on a racecourse : backstretch
When challenged on the backside the final time around, Tudor Palm would have no part of it, and burst to the lead again.Jackie Burke
: the part of a playing field or court (as in football or basketball) that is away from where the main action or play is occurring
often used before another noun
a backside tackle
: the final 9 holes of an 18-hole golf course
The duo had a little trouble on the backside, though, as they bogeyed the par-3 11th hole.Brian Girasoli

Examples of backside in a Sentence

our backsides were sore after sitting on those hard benches for so long
Recent Examples on the Web The backside of Beryl is packing a punch but not like the front. Richard Tribou, Orlando Sentinel, 8 July 2024 The interior has four credit card slots, and the bag has a handy slip pouch on the backside. Clint Davis, Peoplemag, 6 July 2024 Run it across the backside of the bed and the wall to be sure to clear dust that might be clinging to the wall of the headboard. Rebecca Jones, Southern Living, 5 July 2024 The backside of the garage door is plastered with magazine pages, mood boards, and photographs, like a peek inside Webb’s mind. Hannah Jackson, Vogue, 2 July 2024 See all Example Sentences for backside 

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of backside was in the 14th century

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“Backside.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jul. 2024.

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back·​side ˈbak-ˈsīd How to pronounce backside (audio)

Medical Definition


back·​side -ˌsīd How to pronounce backside (audio)
: buttocks
often used in plural

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