Also home·wards. toward home.


directed toward home: his homeward way.

Origin of homeward

before 900; Middle English homward, Old English hāmweard. See home, -ward
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  • On the homeward way they turned into a lane and came to a clump of catnip.

    A Night Out

    Edward Peple

  • Nothing can exceed the freshness and charm of our homeward walk.

    In the Heart of Vosges

    Matilda Betham-Edwards

  • We lost our top-gallant-masts, homeward bound; but this was the only accident that occurred.

    Ned Myers

    James Fenimore Cooper

  • Enoch swiftly passed his arm about her, and turned her homeward.

    Tiverton Tales

    Alice Brown

  • Together they put out from land and hastened on their homeward voyage.

    Old Greek Folk Stories Told Anew

    Josephine Preston Peabody

British Dictionary definitions for homeward



directed or going home
(of a ship, part of a voyage, etc) returning to the home port

adverb Also: homewards

towards home
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Word Origin and History for homeward

mid-13c., homward, from Old English ham weard; see home (n.) + -ward. Also Homewards, with adverbial genitive -s (Old English hamweardes).

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