back·​side | \ ˈbak-ˌsīd How to pronounce backside (audio) \

Definition of backside

1 informal
a : 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
b : 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
2 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
3 or back side
a : 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
b : 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
c : 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

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our backsides were sore after sitting on those hard benches for so long
Recent Examples on the Web That video, appearing to show Meyer touching the women’s backside, generated even more controversy after Byrnes posted it from his Twitter account @freak_leader. Andrew Beaton, WSJ, 7 Oct. 2021 Once again, host Nick Cannon had some sort of butt-tapping sixth sense, because when Dalmatian hit Cannon's backside with his tail, the host supposedly had an epiphany about who was under the mask. Lauren Huff,, 30 Sep. 2021 Mingledoff fell back into a seating area, then rose to his feet and fired a handgun into Herring’s backside while Herring was turned away, the affidavit said. oregonlive, 25 Aug. 2021 The older teen, 19, was taken to U. of C. Medical Center with a gunshot wound to the lower backside. Talia Soglin,, 15 Aug. 2021 Juneau got massive air on a backside 540 tail grab and landed a frontside flip with no grab – flipping the board and bringing it back to his feet without using his hands – in a stylish run that flowed beautifully through the course. USA TODAY, 5 Aug. 2021 In the carousel of photos, Baldwin included many close-up images of her backside, stomach, and bikini area. Naledi Ushe,, 23 Sep. 2021 But these foundation sticks deserve a special shout-out for their super creamy formula—and the ingenious sponge blending brush conveniently located on the backside of the dual-ended stick. Celia Ellenberg, Vogue, 3 Sep. 2021 The younger man was in fair condition after being shot in the ankle; the older man was in critical condition after being shot in the lower backside and leg. Talia Soglin,, 22 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of backside

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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11 Oct 2021

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“Backside.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of backside

: the part of the body that a person sits on : buttocks


back·​side | \ ˈbak-ˌsīd How to pronounce backside (audio) \

Kids Definition of backside

1 : rump sense 1 … the black pup came toward her, his fat backside swinging as he trotted …— Jean Craighead George, Julie of the Wolves
2 : the part of the body on which a person sits


back·​side | \ -ˌsīd How to pronounce backside (audio) \

Medical Definition of backside

: buttocks often used in plural

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