[ weyz ]
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noun(used with a singular verb)

Origin of ways

Middle English weyes,Old English weges, genitive singular of wegway1

Other definitions for -ways (2 of 2)


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

Origin of -ways

Middle English; see way1, -s1

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How to use ways in a sentence

  • When it was too late, I could think of half a dozen ways we might have avoided getting held up.

    Raw Gold | Bertrand W. Sinclair
  • You would notice sotto voce that when ways and means were being discussed, times were always hard.

  • Frulein Fichtner herself looked no ways dismayed at the number of her guests, though we had the air of coming to storm the house.

  • Imitation of the ways of their elders doubtless plays a part here, but it is aided by an instinct for adornment.

    Children's Ways | James Sully
  • For he made mention of the enemies under the figure of rain, and of doing good to them that shewed right ways.

British Dictionary definitions for -ways


suffix forming adverbs
  1. indicating direction or manner: sideways

Origin of -ways

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

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