Dictionary.com

inwardly

[ in-werd-lee ]
/ ˈɪn wərd li /
Save This Word!

adverb

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.

QUIZZES

QUIZ YOURSELF ON “THEIR,” “THERE,” AND “THEY’RE”

Are you aware how often people swap around “their,” “there,” and “they’re”? Prove you have more than a fair grasp over these commonly confused words.
Question 1 of 7
Which one of these commonly confused words can act as an adverb or a pronoun?

Origin of inwardly

before 1000; Middle English inwardli,Old English inweardlīce.See inward, -ly
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2021

Example sentences from the Web for inwardly

British Dictionary definitions for inwardly

inwardly
/ (ˈɪnwədlɪ) /

adverb

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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
See Today's Synonym