[ in-werd-lee ]
/ ˈɪn wərd li /


in or on, or with reference to, the inside or inner part; internally.
privately; secretly: Inwardly, he disliked his guest.
within the self; mentally or spiritually: Look inwardly to discover the truth.
in low or soft tones; not aloud.
toward the inside, interior, or center.

Nearby words

  1. inwale,
  2. inwall,
  3. inward,
  4. inward dive,
  5. inward light,
  6. inwardness,
  7. inwards,
  8. inweave,
  9. inwind,
  10. inwit

Origin of inwardly

before 1000; Middle English inwardli, Old English inweardlīce. See inward, -ly Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for inwardly


/ (ˈɪnwədlɪ) /


within the private thoughts or feelings; secretlyinwardly troubled, he kept smiling
not aloudto laugh inwardly
with reference to the inside or inner part; internally
archaic intimately; essentiallythe most inwardly concerned of the plotters
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Word Origin and History for inwardly



Old English inweardlice; see inward + -ly (2).

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