One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
In a manner contrary to what is usual, expected, or logical.‘we've been doing it backasswards all these years’
Contrary to what is usual, expected, or logical.‘getting mad at the lender for asking you to repay the loan is backasswards’uncommon, abnormal, atypical, unexpected, surprising, unfamiliar, unwonted, differentunforeseen, unanticipated, unpredicted, not bargained for, unlooked for, unhoped for, out of the blue, without warning, without noticeirrational, unreasonable, unsound, unreasoned, unfounded, groundless, unjustifiable, unjustifiedView synonyms
1950s: humorous alteration of ass-backwards.
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