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backwards

Overview

This page has two definitions of backwards in English. Backwards is an adjective and adverb. Also define the related word backward.

English

Pronunciation

Etymology 1

From backward +‎ -s. See also -s (used in the formation of certain adverbs: backwards, downwards, inwards, etc.).

Adjective

backwards (comparative more backwards, superlative most backwards)

  1. Synonym of backward; see usage notes there.
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Etymology 2

From Middle English bakwardis, bakwardis, a variant of Middle English bakwarde, bakward (backward). Equivalent to backward +‎ -s.

Adverb

backwards (comparative more backwards, superlative most backwards)

  1. Synonym of backward; see usage notes there.
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