Meaning of backasswards in English:


Pronunciation /bakˈaswədz/


informal North American
  • In a manner contrary to what is usual, expected, or logical.

    • ‘we've been doing it backasswards all these years’
    • ‘Think backasswards and you will just about get all the protocols right.’
    • ‘I did it backasswards but got it to work.’
    • ‘I was thinking backasswards on this one!’
    • ‘I think you're going at it backasswards.’
    • ‘We did everything backasswards.’
    • ‘We're going to flip this half-ton heap around backasswards!’
    • ‘I think all the politicians have this thing backasswards as usual.’
    • ‘We stumbled into this whole thing backasswards.’
    • ‘ I went about it backasswards as usual.’
    • ‘I just don't want to be doing it backasswards all the time if there is a better way.’


informal North American
  • Contrary to what is usual, expected, or logical.

    • ‘getting mad at the lender for asking you to repay the loan is backasswards’
    • ‘If that strikes you as backasswards, that's because it is.’
    • ‘You can legally think whatever you want, but the rest of us normal folks are free to think you're backasswards 18th century bigots.’
    • ‘I did it the backasswards way.’
    • ‘This agency is so backasswards.’
    • ‘This is so backasswards it is actually funny.’
    • ‘Why was yesterday such a backasswards day?’
    • ‘I know that sounds totally backasswards.’
    • ‘This predictable response is completely backasswards.’
    • ‘Heart rate monitoring became popular because it's easy, affordable, and is a number everyone can relate to, but it's backasswards.’
    • ‘What kind of backasswards logic is this? ’
    uncommon, abnormal, atypical, unexpected, surprising, unfamiliar, unwonted, different
    unforeseen, unanticipated, unpredicted, not bargained for, unlooked for, unhoped for, out of the blue, without warning, without notice
    irrational, unreasonable, unsound, unreasoned, unfounded, groundless, unjustifiable, unjustified


1950s humorous alteration of ass-backwards.