backside

noun
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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Examples of backside in a Sentence

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

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One of Ritch's parents and two other adults were walking on the backside of the lake at the park when Maddox took off running and got out of their sight, police told FOX46. Travis Fedschun, Fox News, "FBI joins search for missing 6-year-old boy with autism in North Carolina," 24 Sep. 2018 On the backside of the moon there had been some venting--some perturbations unknown to us. Jennifer Bogo, Popular Mechanics, "The Oral History of Apollo 11," 17 July 2018 The wisecracking, Emmy Award-winning costar of CBS's Mike & Molly has guzzled ranch dressing on Saturday Night Live and taken a bite of Kristen Wiig's backside in Bridesmaids. David A. Keeps, Good Housekeeping, "Funny Girl: Exclusive Interview with Melissa McCarthy," 6 Nov. 2012 For stronger hamstrings, and really, a stronger entire backside, try a few of these hamstring falls at the beginning of your next workout. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "How to Do Nordic Curls to Strengthen Your Hamstrings, Like Celebrity Trainer Ashley Borden," 14 Feb. 2019 But while masks for your hands, feet, backside, stomach, and chest can be helpful or, at the very least, harmless, the latest non-face sheet mask is questionable, to say the least. Andrea Park, Teen Vogue, "Two L(i)ps Unveils an Activated Charcoal Sheet Mask for Vulvas," 21 Sep. 2018 His back is sun-kissed with a tan that fades as his hips narrow to dimples and to a pale, taut backside. Vogue, "Fifty Shades of Grey," 24 Jan. 2019 These days the sedan experience involves whacking one’s head against the roof edge while entering the car, falling into the seat with one’s backside barely off the floor and peering out as if from a bunker over the high sill line. WSJ, "Good Riddance to the Long-Run Sedan Era," 31 Aug. 2018 Managers need to confirm vehicles can climb the 10 percent grade up Spring Street near the Central Library, and the backside of Capitol Hill returning westbound. Mike Lindblom, The Seattle Times, "An uphill battle to get electric trolleybuses on Madison RapidRide route," 27 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of backside

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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backside

noun

English Language Learners Definition of backside

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

backside

noun
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

backside

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

Medical Definition of backside

: buttocks often used in plural

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