Definition of backasswards in English:

backasswards

adverb

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.’

Pronunciation

backasswards

/ˌbakˈaswərdz/ /ˌbækˈæswərdz/

adjective

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

Pronunciation

backasswards

/ˌbakˈaswərdz/ /ˌbækˈæswərdz/

Origin

1950s humorous alteration of ass-backwards.