Thesaurus

backfires

verb
present tense third-person singular of backfire

Synonyms & Antonyms of backfires

(Entry 1 of 2)

to have the reverse of the desired or expected effect
  • my plan to throw her a surprise party backfired when she ended up thinking that everyone had forgotten her birthday

Synonyms for backfires

Words Related to backfires

Near Antonyms for backfires

backfires

noun
plural of backfire

Synonyms of backfires (Entry 2 of 2)

as in wildfires, bonfires

Synonyms & Near Synonyms for backfires

See the Dictionary Definition 

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about backfires

Cite this Entry

“Backfires.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/backfires. Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

More from Merriam-Webster on backfires

Nglish: Translation of backfires for Spanish Speakers

Comments on backfires

What made you want to look up backfires? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Slippery Words Quiz—Changing with the Times

  • ducreux self portrait yawning
  • What is an earlier meaning of nice?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!