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-ways

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  1. a suffix appearing in native English adverbs: always; sideways.

Origin of -ways

Middle English; see way1, -s1
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British Dictionary definitions for -ways

-ways

suffix forming adverbs
  1. indicating direction or mannersideways

Word Origin

Old English weges, literally: of the way, from weg way
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