Dictionary: BACKD – BACKN

• BACKDATED CHUCK 
n. Bk1971 Boonville California usage – a backward, ill-informed person, naive and stupid
 
• BACK DEX
n. 2003 UK sl. – amphetamines
 
• BACK-DOOR
adj. 1. 1947 US sl. – adulterous
adj. 2. Bk1898 N. Ireland – mean, stealthy, underhand, devious, cunning, untrustworthy
adj. 3. 1979 US sl. – in poker: describing an unexpected hand produced by drawing
n. 1. 1694 UK sl. – the anus and rectum
n. 2. M19 sl. – the vagina
n. 3. 1943 Amer. dial. – in jump rope: turning the rope away from the jumper so they must jump over the rope when they go in instead of under the rope
n. 4. 1952 US sl. – in sports: the advancement of a team in a playoff situation as a result of the actions of another team
n. 5. 1966 Amer. dial. – a snub; a ‘cold shoulder’
n. 6. 1975 US sl. – in a group motorcycle ride: the last rider in the group, usually the most experienced; the first citizens’ band radio user in a convoy
n. 7. 1975 US sl. – the position directly to the rear of a moving vehicle or flying aircraft; hence, another vehicle or aircraft occupying this position
n. 8. 1980s drug culture sl. – the residue left in a pipe 
n. 9. 1990 US sl. – a surreptitious way of entering a protected system or website, made possible by a weakness in the system
n. 10. 20C US sl. – the anus in anal intercourse
vb. 1. E18 sl. – to subject to anal intercourse
vb. 2. 1960s sl. – to accuse; to inform
vb. 3. 1980 US sl. – in surfing: to start a ride behind the peak of a wave
vb. 4. 1980s Aust. prison sl. – of one prisoner, just released: to cuckold one who remains imprisoned 
vb. 5. 1982 US sl. – to commit adultery
vb. 6. a1989 US military sl. – to obtain without authorization 
vb. 7. 1993 Can. sl. – to bypass something; to exclude something
 
• BACK-DOOR ACTION
n. 1. 1940s sl. – sodomy
n. 2. 1978 Amer. sl. – adultery 
 
• BACK-DOOR ARTIST
n. 1940s African-American & drug culture sl. – a drug addict who preys on fellow addicts for money or drugs
 
• BACKDOOR BANDIT
n. Bk1988 Aust. sl. – a homosexual man
 
• BACK-DOOR BOY
n. Bk1898 Eng. dial. – a boy employed in a farm house for domestic purposes
 
• BACK-DOOR BURGLAR 
n. 1. Bk2007 sl., often offensive – a homosexual male
n. 2. Bk2007 sl. – any person engaging in anal sex
 
• BACK-DOOR BUTLER
n. 1. Bk2007 sl., often offensive – a male homosexual
n. 2. Bk2007 sl. – any person engaging in anal sex
 
• BACKDOOR CHUTE
n. 1966 Amer. dial. – a snub; a ‘cold shoulder’
 
• BACK-DOOR COMMANDO
n. 1990s sl. – a male homosexual
 
• BACK-DOOR FURLOUGH
n. 1927 US military sl. – absence without leave; a desertion
 
• BACK-DOORING
n. 1981 Amer. sl. – adultery
 
• BACK-DOOR HUSBAND
n. 1925 sl., orig. African-American – an adulterer
 
• BACKDOOR JIVE
n. 1940s African-American sl. – (inside) information
 
• BACK-DOOR KICKER
n. 1990s sl. – a male homosexual
 
• BACK-DOOR MAN
n. 1. 1925 sl., orig. African-American – an adulterer; a lover; someone who sneaks in through the back door when the husband is away
n. 2. 1962 Amer. medical sl. – a proctologist 
n. 3. 1972 sl. – one who practices anal intercourse; in homosexual anal sex: the active partner
 
• BACK-DOOR MERCHANT
n. 1. 1920s sl., orig. African-American – an adulterer
n. 2. 1990s sl. – a male homosexual
 
• BACK-DOOR PAROLE
n. 1. 1930s US prison sl. – parole
n. 2. 1930s US prison sl. – dying in prison before one’s sentence is over
 
• BACKDOOR QUICKSTEPS
n. 1965 Amer. dial. – diarrhoea
 
• BACKDOOR SCOOTS
n. 1965 Amer. dial. – diarrhoea
 
• BACKDOOR TREATMENT
n. 1966 Amer. dial. – a snub; a ‘cold shoulder’
 
• BACK-DOOR-TROT(S)
n. 1. 1801 sl. – diarrhoea
n. 2. 1950 Amer. dial. – overactive kidneys; frequent urination
 
• BACK-DOOR TRUMPET
n. M19 Brit. sl. – the anus considered as a musical instrument in the breaking of wind
 
• BACK-DOOR WORK
n. 1880 Amer. sl. – anal intercourse
 
• BACK DOUBLE
n. L19 sl. – a back street
 
• BACK-DRAW
n. 1923 Sc. – a drawing back from an agreement 
 
• BACK DRAWER
n. 1723 Sc. – an apostate; one who abandons his former faith or profession
 
• BACK-DRAWING
n. 1934 Amer. dial. – reluctance, objection, hesitation
 
• BACKEARAY
n. 1688 – a White man
 
• BACKED
adj. 1. L17 sl. – dead
adj. 2. 1990s US college sl. – intoxicated by marijuana
 
• BACKED AND BREASTED
phr. 1912 Sc. – said of one who has lost heavily at cards
 
• BACKED UP
adj. 1. 1969 Amer. dial. – constipated
adj. 2. M20 US drugs sl. – intoxicated with drugs
 
• BACKEE
n. L17 – tobacco
 
• BACK ‘EM ON DOWN
vb. 1975 Amer. sl. – in trucking: to slow down
 
• BACKEN
vb. 1. 1649 rare – to put, keep, or throw back; to delay, to retard in progress
vb. 2. 1891 Eng. dial. – to get worse, to have a relapse in illness
vb. 3. Bk1898 Eng. dial. – to go back; to back, or push farther behind 
 
• BACKEN AROUND
vb. 1903 Amer. dial. – of the wind: to shift in a counterclockwise direction
 
• BACK-END
n. 1. 1820 – the later part of the year; the late autumn
n. 2. Bk1898 Eng. dial. – the  back part of a house; the premises attached thereto
 
• BACK-END-BEFORE
adv. 1965 Amer. dial. – backwards; in reversed position; inside out
 
• BACK-ENDED
adj. 1904 Amer. dial. – perverse; arsy-versy
 
• BACK-END-FORE
adv. 1886 Eng. dial. – backwards, hind-part foremost
 
• BACK-END-FOREMOST
adv. 1965 Amer. dial. – backwards; in reversed position; inside out
 
• BACK-END-FRONT
adv. 1965 Amer. dial. – backwards; in reversed position; inside out 
 
• BACKENDISH
adj. Bk1898 Eng. dial. – of weather: proper to autumn or winter; autumnal, wintry, rough
 
• THE BACK END OF BAD LUCK
n. 1938 Amer. dial. – the worst part of something unfortunate
 
• BACK-END-TO
adv. 1926 Amer. dial. – backwards; in reversed position; inside out; in confusion 
 
• BACKEN IN
vb. 1903 Amer. dial. – of the wind: to shift in a counterclockwise direction
 
• BACKENING
n. 1. 1878 Eng. dial. – a hindrance
n. 2. 1878 Eng. dial. – relapse in illness 
 
• BACKEN ROUND
vb. 1903 Amer. dial. – of the wind: to shift in a counterclockwise direction 
 
• BACK ENTRANCE
n. L19 sl. – the anus
 
• BACKEN UP
vb. 1903 Amer. dial. – of the wind: to shift in a counterclockwise direction
 
• BACKER
adj. 1564 obs. – farther back, hinder
n. 1. 1823 colloq. – tobacco
n. 2. 1850 – one who bets on a horse or event
n. 3. 1864 – a porter, carrier, unloader
n. 4. 1898 con artists’ sl. – the accomplice in a greengoods swindle who provides the money used to lure the victim
n. 5. c1920 Aust. cant – the accomplice of a woman who robs a client
n. 6. 1990s US & Irish juvenile sl. – a lift on the back of a bicycle
n. 7. 20C sl. – a gambler who finances a game without playing himself 
 
• BACKER-END
n. 1889 Eng. dial. – the farther end of a room
 
• BACKERLY
adj. 1. 1849 Eng. dial. – backward; behindhand, late
adj. 2. 1896 Eng. dial. – shy, retiring
adv. 1892 Eng. dial. – backward, late
 
• BACKERMARE
adv. 1616 Sc. – further back
 
• BACKERMORE
adj. Bk1888 obs. – farther back; more to the rear
 
• BACKERMOST
adj. 1669 obs. exc. Eng. dial. – backmost 
 
• BACKERTY-WYES
adv. 1932 Sc. – backwards 
 
• BACKEY
n. 1821 sl. – tobacco 
 
• BACK EYE
n. 1. 1960s sl. – the anus
n. 2. 1960s sl. – anal intercourse
 
• BACKFALL
n. 1936 Amer. dial. – the action of a horse falling backward
 
• BACKFALLER
n. 1545 obs. – a renegade
 
• BACK FAMILY
n. 1966 Amer. dial. – a line of descent; ancestors; one’s parents or relatives of an earlier generation
 
• BACK FAT
n. 1969 Amer. dial. – fat meat from the back of a hog, with little or no lean
 
• BACK-FEAR
n. 1728 Sc. – an object of fear from behind; an intuitive dread of something sinister in the rear
 
• BACK-FETCH
n. Bk1898 Eng. dial. – an afterthought; a recalling to mind of something forgotten or omitted
 
• BACKFIRE
vb. 1. 1950s Aust. sl. – to break wind
vb. 2. 1968 Amer. dial. – to back down in an argument
vb. 3. 1970 sl. – to speak abusively
 
• BACKFISCH
n. 1888 – a girl of about 16 or 17; a girl in late adolescence, a teenager
 
• BACKFLAUGHT
adv. 1856 Sc. – flat on one’s back
 
• BACK-FLING
n. Bk1898 Eng. dial. – a relapse during illness
 
• BACKFOREMOST
adj. 1889 – perverse, wrong-headed
 
• BACK FORTY
n. 1950s US – an out-of-the-way, usually barren, piece of land
 
• BACKFRIEND
n. 1. 1472 obs. – a pretended or false friend; an enemy who pretends friendship; a secret enemy
n. 2. 1599 – a friend who stands at one’s back; a backer
n. 3. 1864 Eng. dial. – a piece of loose, irritating skin at the base of the fingernail; a hangnail
 
• BACK-FRONT
adv. 1950 Amer. dial. – backwards, inside out
 
• BACK-GAIN
adj. 1. 1867 Sc. – of persons: not thriving in health or in worldly concerns
adj. 2. Bk1898 Sc. – receding, going back
n. 1. Bk1898 Sc. – a decline, consumption
n. 2. Bk1898 Sc. & Eng. dial. – a relapse in illness
 
• BACKGAME
n. 1. 1718 – backgammon; a game at backgammon
n. 2. Bk1888 – a return-game
 
• BACKGAMMONER
n. c1820 sl. – a sodomist 
 
• BACKGAMMON-PLAYER
n. M17 sl. – a sodomite
 
• BACKGANGIN
n. 1819 Sc. – a relapse
 
• BACK-GANGING
adj. 1824 Sc. – behindhand with rent
 
• BACK-GAP
n. 1948 Amer. dial. – an alley

• BACK GARDEN
n. Bk2007 sl. – the anus
 
• BACK-GATE
n. 1. 1825 Sc. – cunning, deceitful action; immoral or degrading conduct
n. 2. Bk1898 Sc. – a way or road that leads behind
n. 3. L19 sl. – the anus
 
• BACK-GATE COMMUTE
n. 1942 Amer. prison sl. – death in prison, esp. by suicide
 
• BACK-GATE DISCHARGE
n. 1920s US prison sl. – an inmate’s death in prison
 
• BACK-GATE EXIT
n. 1920s US prison sl. – an inmate’s death in prison
 
• BACK-GATE PAROLE
n. 1929 Amer. prison sl. – death in prison, esp. by suicide
 
• BACKGONE
adj. 1877 N. Ireland – sickly, pining away
 
• BACKGROUND
adj. 1896 colloq. – retiring; shy; modest
 
• BACKGRUND
n. Bk1898 Eng. dial. – a place of concealment
 
• BACK-HAIRING
n. 1900s sl. – fighting among women
 
• BACK-HALF
n. 1825 Sc. – the worst or latter half of anything 
 
• BACK-HAN’
adj. 1915 Sc. – overdue
 
• BACK-HAND
vb. 1. M19 sl. – to drink more than one’s share
vb. 2. 1960s sl. – to give a bribe
 
• BACKHAND DRIVE
vb. 1940s US homosexual sl. – to poke someone between the buttocks
 
• BACK-HANDED
adj. 1893 Eng. dial. – underhanded, deceitful
 
• BACK-HANDER
n. 1. 1836 –  a blow with the back of the hand; an unfair blow or act
n. 2. 1895 Eng. dial. – an unanswerable argument or proposition
n. 3. Bk1898 Eng. dial. – a sarcastic retort or snub
n. 4. M19 sl. – a drink taken out of turn or an extra drink taken while the decanter circulates
n. 5. M19 sl. – an underhand comment
n. 6. 1910s sl. – a bribe, a payoff for services rendered
n. 7. 1960 sl. – a secret payment
 
• BACKHANDING
n. 20C sl. – giving gratuities
 
• BACK-HAP
vb. 1824 Sc. – to draw back from agreement
 
• BACK-HAPPEN
n. 1891 Eng. dial. – a mental reservation
 
• BACK-HASH
n. Bk1898 Sc. – ill-natured talk
vb. 1816 Sc. – to abuse; to scold violently; to annoy, to molest
 
• BACKHAUD
n. 1929 Sc. – an obstacle to progress
 
• BACK-HEAVE
vb. Bk1898 Eng. dial. – to hinder
 
• BACK HELP
n. 1940 Amer. dial. – assistance given reciprocally, as among farmers
 
• BACK-HET
adj. 1911 Sc. obs. – of food: twice heated or cooked
 
• BACK-HOOD
n. c1450 obs. – a hiding behind cover
 
• BACK-HOUSE
n. 1. 1795 – the back-room of a house; the back-kitchen, scullery, washhouse
n. 2. 1857 Eng. dial. – a room or house containing an oven, a bakehouse; a public bakery
n. 3. Bk1905 Amer. dial. – a privy
n. 4. 1954 Amer. dial. – the parlour
 
• BACKHOUSE-BOY
n. 1863 Eng. dial. – a boy employed to do scullery work
 
• BACKHOUSE FLUSH
n. c1955 Can. sl. – in poker: a very poor hand
 
• BACKHOUSE TROT(S)
n. 1899 Amer. dial. – diarrhoea
 
• BACKIE
n. 1870 Sc. – the bat
 
• BACKIE-BIRD
n. 1785 Sc. – the bat
 
• BACKIE-HORSE
n. 1966 Amer. dial. – a ride on an adult’s back; a piggyback ride
 
• BACKIE-PLASH
n. 1923 Sc. – a jump backwards from a rock, etc., into a bathing-pool
 
• BACKIE-RIDE
n. 1966 Amer. dial. – a ride on an adult’s back; a piggyback ride
 
• BACKIES
adv. 1923 Sc. – backwards
 
• BACKIEWARDS
adv. 1923 Sc. – backwards
 
• BACK IN
vb. 1951 Amer. dial. – of the wind: to shift in a counterclockwise direction
 
• BACKIN’
n. 1871 Sc. – the address
 
• BACKIN
n. 1911 Sc. – the day after a wedding
 
• BACK IN CIRCULATION
adj. 1. 20C US sl. – single after being divorced
adj. 2. 20C US sl. – available again after a broken engagement or other broken commitment
 
• BACKING
n. 1871 Sc. & Amer. dial. – the address or return address on an envelope or letter; the act of writing an address
 
• BACKING AND FILLING
adj. c1840 Eng. colloq. – irresolute; dilatory; hesitant; shifty
n. E18 colloq. – shiftiness; irresolution
 
• BACK IN ONE’S CART
vb. 1910s Aust. sl. – to butt in, to ask for more
 
• BACK IN THE BOX
n. Bk1994 drug culture sl. – back in business after a drug arrest 
 
• BACK IN THE DAY(S)
phr. 1988 US sl. – formerly; long ago
 
• BACK IN THE RACK
vb. Bk1944 services’ sl. – to get back into bed
 
• BACK IN THE SADDLE
phr. 20C – back in the daily routine
 
• BACK IN THE SADDLE AGAIN
adj. 1954 Amer. dial. – menstruating
 
• BACK IN THE WOODS
adj. 1965 Amer. dial. – unsophisticated; out of step with the times
 
• BACK IN YOUR HOLE
phr. 20C Amer. sl., World War II usage – return to your room or barracks
 
• BACKIT-ARSE
n. 1923 Sc. – the act of falling backwards
 
• BACKITIVE
n. 1990s W. Indies sl. – collateral, in the form of money or contacts
 
• BACK-JAR
n. 1. 1825 Sc. – an ill-natured objection or opposition; an artful evasion
n. 2. 1875 Sc. – a setback in health or circumstances
 
• BACK-JAW
n. M19 Sc. & Amer. dial. – an insolent or hostile answer; a retort; mutual abuse
vb. 1866 Sc. & Amer. dial. – to answer in an insolent or hostile manner; to retort, altercate, abuse
 
• BACK-JOUSTER
n. Bk1882 Eng. dial. – an itinerant fish-dealer who carries the fish in a ‘cowal’ or basket, on the back
 
• BACK-JUMP
n. 1. 19C sl. – a back window; specifically, a prison window
n. 2. 1950s African-American sl. – anal intercourse
vb. L19 sl. – to enter a house by a back entrance, either a door or a window
 
• BACK-JUMPER
n. L19 sl. – a thief who enters houses via a back door or window
 
• BACK-KILL
vb. 1922 Amer. dial. – in marbles: to strike one marble with another as it rebounds from a wall
 
• BACK KITCHEN
n. 1966 Amer. dial. – a room connected to the kitchen, used for storing, deep freeze, etc.
 
• BACK-KNOCK
n. Bk1898 Eng. dial. – a relapse during illness
 
• BACK-LAND
n. 1. 17C – the buttocks
n. 2. 1835 Sc. – (as ‘backland’) a house built behind others
 
• BACK-LEDGE
n. 1790 Eng. dial. obs. – a court or backyard
 
• BACKLET
n. 1724 Eng. dial. – the back premises of a house; a court, yard
 
• BACKLICK
n. 1824 Sc. – a back blow in fighting or boxing, perhaps the kidney punch
vb. 1955 Amer. dial. – (as ‘back-lick’) in marbles: to strike one marble with another as it rebounds from a wall
 
• BACK LINE
n. 1969 Amer. dial. – in marbles: the line toward which the players roll their marbles before beginning a game, to determine the order of shooting
 
• BACKLINGS
adv. 1785 N. Eng. dial. – back, backwards
 
• BACKLINS
adj. 1932 Sc. – modest
adv. 1785 Sc. & N. Eng. dial. – back, backwards
 
• BACK-LIP
n. 1950s US sl. – cheek, insolence
vb. 1955 Amer. sl. – to speak insolently to; to backtalk
 
• BACKLOG
n. 1970 Amer. dial. jocular usage – a wife
 
• BACK-LOOK
n. 1726 Sc. &  Eng. dial. – a retrospect, a record of the past
 
• BACK-LYIN’
adj. 1. 1932 Sc. – having a northern and therefore bleak exposure
adj. 2. 1932 Sc. – in arrears
 
• BACKMAN
n. 1. c1560 obs. rare – a follower, a retainer, an attendant
n. 2. a1835 Sc. – a henchman, a follower in war
n. 3. 1942 sl., orig. African-American – (as ‘back man’) an adulterer
 
• BACKMARK
n. 1. 1950s African-American & prison sl. – an informer, esp. in prison
n. 2. 1950s African-American & prison sl. – an undesirable characteristic
vb. 1890 sporting sl. – (as ‘back-mark’) to put a competitor back at the start of a race; hence, to leave far behind in a contest
 
• BACK-MARKER
n. 1. 1895 sl. – one who starts from ‘scratch’ in a game, match, or race
n. 2. Bk1982 – in auto racing: one who falls far behind in a race
 
• BACK-NAME
n. 1895 Eng. dial. – a surname
 
• BACK-NUMBER
adj. 1. 1883 sl. – old-fashioned, out-of-date; old and useless
n. 1. 1882 colloq. – (as ‘back number’) a person, place, or thing thought to be out of date or antiquated
n. 2. 1884 colloq. – (as ‘back number’) a former lover, now discarded
vb. 1924 colloq. – to treat as a ‘back number’; to set aside as useless; to discard
 
• BACK-NUMBERISH
adj. 1939 Amer. dial. – out of date


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Updated: September 9, 2022