back‧wards S2 also backward American English
in the direction that is behind you [≠ forwards]:
Hannah took a step backward.
She pushed me and I fell backwards into the chair.
towards the beginning or the past [≠ forwards]:
Count backwards from 100.
with the back part in front:
Your T-shirt is on backwards.
towards a worse state [≠ forwards]:
The new measures are seen by some as a major step backwards.
first in one direction and then in the opposite direction, usually many times:
Kip stumbled backwards and forwards before falling down.
to try as hard as possible to help or please someone:
City officials bent over backwards to help downtown businesses.