Origin of -wards
usage note for -wards
Words nearby -wards
WORDS THAT USE -WARDS
What does -wards mean?
The suffix –wards is used to mean “in the direction of,” either in time or space. It is often used in everyday and technical terms.
The form –wards comes from Old English –weardes, meaning “towards.”
What are variants of –wards?
Examples of -wards
The first part of the word indicates the direction. In this case, down– means “from higher to lower.” The suffix –wards means “toward” or “in the direction of.” Downwards literally means “in the down direction.”
What are some words that use the equivalent of the combining form –wards in Middle or Old English?
What are some other forms that –wards may be commonly confused with?
Not every word that ends with the exact letters –ward or –wards, such as reward or coward, is necessarily using the combining form –ward to denote “direction.” Learn why coward means “lacking courage” at our entry for the word.
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Given the meaning of the suffix –wards, what does upwards literally mean?
How to use -wards in a sentence
She still wants indentured servants—excuse me, wards—to run the hospital for her, and she still wants power over all of them.The Walking Dead’s Midseason Finale Shocker: A Cherished Character Meets a Grisly End|Melissa Leon|December 1, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Assertions of dominance over the wards, Dr. Edwards, and the other officers are pretty much all she has left.The Walking Dead’s ‘Crossed’: The Stage Is Now Set for a Bloody, Deadly Midseason Finale|Melissa Leon|November 24, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The likes of Coffman are “probably” already halfway wards of the state anyhow.
The children teased my parents about their budding romance and my parents, in turn, fell in love with their tiny wards.
The focus was on health care workers treating people in the isolation wards.
Yet what an angry, disgusted woman I was when I went over this road before, lawsuit-wards, so to speak.Dorothy at Skyrie|Evelyn Raymond
Many of the Royalists had fled to the hospitals, where, in the wards of infection, they shared the beds of the dead and the dying.Madame Roland, Makers of History|John S. C. Abbott
There is to be no sovereign power, great or small, other than American, and tribal wards are to supersede dattoships.The Philippine Islands|John Foreman
And he said to me: This chamber, which looketh toward the south shall be for the priests that watch in the wards of the temple.The Bible, Douay-Rheims Version|Various
In his capacity of Indian agent Walter Lowell often had occasion to scan the business deals of his more progressive wards.Mystery Ranch|Arthur Chapman