back·​side | \ ˈbak-ˌsīd \

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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Examples of backside in a Sentence

our backsides were sore after sitting on those hard benches for so long

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Adam Rippon bears his backside for the cover of ESPN The Magazine’s annual Body Issue, wearing ice skates and absolutely nothing else. Henry Youtt, Billboard, "Adam Rippon Strikes a Nude Pose For 'ESPN's Body Issue," 25 June 2018 The Romanian deadlift targets your posterior chain, or the muscles on the backside of your body. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "Why Doing Romanian Deadlifts Like Romee Strijd Is a Great Way to Stretch and Strengthen Your Hamstrings," 23 Oct. 2018 Dakota Johnson, meanwhile, fell somewhere in between in Alessandro Michele for Gucci’s all-about-the-backside ball gown. Edward Barsamian, Vogue, "10 Best Dressed: Week of December 17, 2018," 17 Dec. 2018 But what's a backside without a gauntlet of super tough holes? Grace Schneider, The Courier-Journal, "We love to hate these golf holes in Louisville. Here's our Nasty 9," 19 June 2018 Planning sleep to reorient yourself to the backside of the clock makes a difference. Scott Mccartney, WSJ, "A Guide to Surviving the Longest Flight in the World," 16 Oct. 2018 The knee-length skirt is a nice balance to the slinkier backside. Jill Sanford, Outside Online, "The Best Adventure Dresses," 26 June 2018 But once inside, the home stretches toward the back of the lot, up to about 2,100 square feet in all, and features a decidedly industrial backside that serves as a generational juxtaposition from the home’s entry. Lisa Van Loo, azcentral, "Phoenix Coronado house renovation: Lofts, beams and Notorious B.I.G. wallpaper," 7 June 2018 First, using a pair of clean scissors, insert one blade into head-end of shrimp and snip along backside all the way to the tail to expose the vein. Claire Saffitz, Bon Appetit, "Shrimp and No-Stir Grits," 14 May 2018

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First Known Use of backside

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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English Language Learners Definition of backside

: the part of the body that a person sits on


back·​side | \ ˈbak-ˌsīd \

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 \

Medical Definition of backside

: buttocks often used in plural

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