Etymology
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backstitch (n.)

also back-stitch, 1610s, from back (adj.) + stitch (n.). So called because each stitch doubles back on the preceding one. As a verb from 1720.

updated on March 15, 2017

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Definitions of backstitch from WordNet
1
backstitch (v.)
do backstitches;
2
backstitch (n.)
an overlapping stitch made by starting the next stitch at the middle of the preceding one;
Etymologies are not definitions. From wordnet.princeton.edu, not affiliated with etymonline.