1. variant of -ward: towards; afterwards.

Origin of -wards

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

usage note For -wards

See -ward.

Words Nearby -wards

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How to use -wards in a sentence

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for -wards


suffix forming adverbs
  1. indicating direction towards: a step backwards; to sail shorewards Compare -ward

Origin of -wards

Old English -weardes towards

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