[ fawr-werd-nis ]
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  1. overreadiness to push oneself forward; lack of appropriate modesty; presumption; boldness.

  2. cheerful readiness; eagerness.

  1. the condition of being advanced.

Origin of forwardness

First recorded in 1515–25; forward + -ness

Words Nearby forwardness Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use forwardness in a sentence

  • Here we are more concerned with that forwardness to serve humanity, which he made the other mark of the true nation.

    The Life of Mazzini | Bolton King
  • Then, half-ashamed and startled at her forwardness, her gaze dropped.

    Patchwork | Anna Balmer Myers
  • The frost was followed by glowing heats, and a wonderful forwardness of flowers and fruits.

British Dictionary definitions for forwardness


/ (ˈfɔːwədnɪs) /

  1. lack of modesty; presumption; boldness

  2. willing readiness; eagerness

  1. a state or condition of advanced progress or development

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