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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 of backward rearward, retrograde Words Related to backward reverse, reversed; aft, after, hind, posterior, rear; astern, sternforemost Near Antonyms of backward forward

  2. 2 not comfortable around people curiously, the quiet, backward man opened up when around other introverts Synonyms of backward shy, bashful, coy, demure, diffident, introverted, modest, recessive, retiring, self-effacing, sheepish, withdrawnWords Related to backward antisocial, lone, lone-wolf, unsociable, unsocial; awkward, embarrassed, self-conscious, unadventurous, unassertive, unenterprising; inhibited, reserved, uneasy, uptightNear Antonyms of backward boon, clubbable (also clubable), companionable, convivial, gregarious, sociable, social; bold, dashing, forceful; brash, forward, overbold, uninhibited, unreservedAntonyms of backward 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 of backward back, rearward (also rearwards) Words Related to backward astern, sternforemost; anticlockwise [chiefly British], counterclockwise, left-handed, left-handedly, retrograde, reversely, widdershins (also withershins) Near Antonyms of backward before Antonyms of backward 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 of backward about, back, around (or backwards), roundWords Related to backward behind, down, downward (or downwards), rearward (also rearwards); obversely, reversely; across, athwart, counter, counterclockwise, widdershins (also withershins)Near Antonyms of backward clockwise, deasil


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