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

Origin of forwardness

First recorded in 1515–25; forward + -ness Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for forwardness

impertinence, presumptuousness, rudeness

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British Dictionary definitions for forwardness


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

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

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