backslide, v. 1. relapse, recidivate, revert, regress, retrogress, retrograde, fall behind, slip, trip, slide, fall back into, take a step backwards; lapse, leave the straight and narrow, go wrong, go astray, break the faith, fall from grace, sin; worsen, take a turn for the worse, fail, weaken; decline, degenerate, deteriorate. -n. 2. relapse, recidivism, regress, regression, retrogression, retrogradation, reversion, step backwards, step in the wrong direction, reversal, about-face; lapse, straying, sinning, fall from grace; worsening, a turn for the worse, failing, weakening; decline, degeneration, deterioration, backslider, n. relapser, recidivist, regressor; sinner, fallen angel, lost soul, lost sheep, apostate, heretic, back talk, n. 1. Inf. sass, SI. mouth, SI. lip, SI. jaw, SI. smart or wise talk, SI. wisemouth, SI. smart-mouth; retort, comeback, rejoinder, riposte; gibe, jeer, scoff, sneer, taunt, mockery, sarcasm.
2. impudence, audacity, effrontery, Inf. cheek, Inf. brass; impertinence, insolence, rudeness, Inf. freshness, flippancy; disrespect, insubordination, irreverence, contemptuousness; incivility, unmannerliness, discourtesy, impoliteness, backward, backwards, adv. 1. rearward, towards the back, in reverse, vice versa, upside down, topsyturvy, inside out, back in front; crablike, retrocessive-ly, retrogressively, regressively, Scot. and North. Eng. backlins; Naut. aback, Naut. abaft, Naut. aft, Naut. astern, Naut. sternward.
2. thoroughly wrong, totally confused, SI. arsy-varsy, SI. assbackwards, SI. bassackwards.
3. backward and forward Informal, a. thoroughly, completely, perfectly, inside out, from A to Z, b. to and fro, back and forth, in and out. c. (of persons) wavering, vacillating, indecisive, undecided.
-adj. 4. reversed, reverse, opposite, vice versa, topsy-turvy, upside-down, inside-out, inverse, mirror, counter-clockwise, Brit, anticlockwise; returning, recessive, receding, ebbing, refluent, retrocessive, retrograde, regressive, retrogressive, reversionary, counterproductive; retrospective.
5. lapsing, relapsing, recidivistic, recidivous, atavistic.
6. slow, laggard, tardy, late, behindhand, remiss, slack; undeveloped, underdeveloped, unprogressive, unsophisticated, rustic, backwoods, Inf. rinky-dink; inapt, inept, foolish, silly, fatuous, moronic, imbecile, idiotic, stupid, asinine, SI. arsy-varsy, senseless, irrational; slow-witted, dull, simple, feeble-minded, witless, doltish, Boeotian, uncultured, unintelligent, SI. soft, Rare, insulse.
7. bashful, shy, coy, demure, shrinking, retiring, timid, hesitant; disinclined, Scot. loathful, loath, averse, reluctant, chary, wavering; unconsenting, unwilling, opposed, antipathetical, protesting, balky, restive, uncomplying, noncompliant; perverse, refractory, unruly, unamenable, unyielding, recalcitrant, obdurate, stubborn, wayward, mulish, pigheaded, reni-tent, pervicacious, contumacious.
backwash, n. 1. wake, wash, backflow, train, track, path; splashing, churning, concussion, disquietude, disturbance.
2. repercussion, reverberation, echo, remainder, leftover; aftermath, result, effect, fallout, consequence, outcome, upshot, outgrowth, issue, sequel, after effect, side effect, by-product, Pathol, sequela, backwater, n. 1. tidewater, marsh, swamp, bog; pool, water hole, pond, salt pond.
2. country, frontier, wilderness, bush; outpost, out of the way place, isolated area, no man's land, wasteland; wilds, hinterlands, woods, backwoods, SI. the boondocks, Australian, outback.