backward adj

OE on bæc, in the rear.

  1. Retrospective; longing; nostalgic; reminiscent; remembering.
  2. Upcoming; endmost; [fig.] yet unread.

backward adv

see backward, adj.

  1. Away; with the face toward the starting point.
  2. To a place of origin; toward the starting place.
  3. Downward; in the opposite direction from heaven.