forwardness

[fawr-werd-nis]

noun

overreadiness to push oneself forward; lack of appropriate modesty; presumption; boldness.
cheerful readiness; promptness; eagerness.
condition of being in advance.

Nearby words

  1. forwarder,
  2. forwarding,
  3. forwarding agent,
  4. forwardly,
  5. forwardmost,
  6. forwards,
  7. forwent,
  8. forwhy,
  9. forworn,
  10. forza

Origin of forwardness

First recorded in 1515–25; forward + -ness

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British Dictionary definitions for forwardness

forwardness

noun

lack of modesty; presumption; boldness
willing readiness; eagerness
a state or condition of advanced progress or development
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Word Origin and History for forwardness

forwardness

n.

1520s, from forward (adj.) + -ness. Meaning "presumptuousness" is from c.1600.

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