variant of -ward: towards; afterwards.

Words nearby -wards

Origin of -wards

Middle English; Old English -weardes, equivalent to -weard toward (see ward) + -es -s1

usage note for -wards

See -ward.
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British Dictionary definitions for -wards



suffix forming adverbs

indicating direction towardsa step backwards; to sail shorewards Compare -ward

Word Origin for -wards

Old English -weardes towards
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