having made less than normal progress
"an economically backward country"
retarded in intellectual development
- half witted - slow witted
(used of temperament or behavior) marked by a retiring nature
"a backward lover"
directed or facing toward the back or rear
"a backward view"
in or to or toward a past time
"set the clocks back an hour"
"never look back"
"lovers of the past looking fondly backward"
in a manner or order or direction the reverse of normal
"it's easy to get the `i' and the `e' backward in words like `seize' and `siege'"
"the child put her jersey on backward"
at or to or toward the back or rear
"he moved back"
"tripped when he stepped backward"
"she looked rearward out the window of the car"