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backward

adjective

Synonyms and Antonyms of backward

  1. 1 directed, turned, or done toward the back a backward turn on ice skates is hard to learn because you can't see where you're going Synonyms rearward, retrograde Related Words reverse, reversed; aft, after, hind, posterior, rear; astern, sternforemost Near Antonyms forward

  2. 2 not comfortable around people curiously, the quiet, backward man opened up when around other introverts Synonyms shy, bashful, coy, demure, diffident, introverted, modest, recessive, retiring, self-effacing, sheepish, withdrawnRelated Words antisocial, lone, lone-wolf, unsociable, unsocial; awkward, embarrassed, self-conscious, unadventurous, unassertive, unenterprising; inhibited, reserved, uneasy, uptightNear Antonyms boon, clubbable (also clubable), companionable, convivial, gregarious, sociable, social; bold, dashing, forceful; brash, forward, overbold, uninhibited, unreservedAntonyms extroverted (also extraverted), immodest, outgoing


backward

adverb
variants: or

backwards

Synonyms and Antonyms of backward

  1. 1 toward the rear looking backward, we could see the town receding in the distance Synonyms back, rearward (also rearwards) Related Words astern, sternforemost; anticlockwise [chiefly British], counterclockwise, left-handed, left-handedly, retrograde, reversely, widdershins (also withershins) Near Antonyms before Antonyms ahead, along, forth, forward, forwards, on, onward (also onwards)

  2. 2 toward the opposite direction the loud noise prompted him to glance backward to see what was happening Synonyms about, back, around (or backwards), roundRelated Words behind, down, downward (or downwards), rearward (also rearwards); obversely, reversely; across, athwart, counter, counterclockwise, widdershins (also withershins)Near Antonyms clockwise, deasil


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