Synonyms of backward in English:

backward


See definition of backward

adjective

1‘a backward look’

SYNONYMS
reverse
to the rear, towards the rear, rearward, to the back, towards the back
behind one
ANTONYMS

forward

2‘the decision was a backward step’

SYNONYMS
retrograde, retrogressive, regressive, unprogressive, for the worse, in the wrong direction, downhill, negative
ANTONYMS

progressive, forward-looking

3‘an economically backward country’

SYNONYMS
underdeveloped, undeveloped, unsophisticated
primitive, benighted
ANTONYMS

advanced, sophisticated

4‘he was not backward in displaying his talents’

SYNONYMS
reticent about, hesitant about, reluctant to, unwilling to, afraid to, loath to, averse to
shy about, diffident about, unconfident about, bashful about, timid about, coy about
informal backward in coming forward
ANTONYMS

confident, bold