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ways

[ weyz ]
/ weɪz /
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noun (used with a singular verb)

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Origin of ways

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

Definition for ways (2 of 2)

-ways

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

indicating direction or mannersideways
Old English weges, literally: of the way, from weg way
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