- proceeding or directed toward the outside or exterior, or away from a central point: the outward flow of gold; the outward part of a voyage.
- pertaining to or being what is seen or apparent, as distinguished from the underlying nature, facts, etc.; pertaining to surface qualities only; superficial: outward appearances.
- belonging or pertaining to external actions or appearances, as opposed to inner feelings, mental states, etc.: an outward show of grief.
- that lies toward the outside; that is on the outer side; exterior: an outward court.
- of or relating to the outside, outer surface, or exterior: to make repairs on the outward walls of a house.
- pertaining to the outside of the body; external.
- pertaining to the body, as opposed to the mind or spirit.
- belonging or pertaining to what is external to oneself: outward influences.
- that which is external; the external or material world.
- outward appearance.
- toward the outside; out.
- visibly expressing one's inner feelings, mental state, etc.
- away from port: a ship bound outward.
- Obsolete. on the outside; externally.
Origin of outward
Examples from the Web for outward
But other groups are still, by all outward appearances, more entrenched.Murder Vids Help ISIS Lure More Monsters
November 16, 2014
For such a source of outward joy to crumble so violently, what the hell happened?We're Talking About Depression All Wrong
August 20, 2014
But from outward appearances, the tension between Bevin and Paul has also sparked friction between Paul and Benton.Can ‘the Traitor’ Jesse Benton Unite the GOP?
March 28, 2014
Lukashenko retained the outward rituals of democracy—elections, trials, parliamentary debates.Forget Kim Jong Un—China’s New Favorite Dictator Is Belarus’s Aleksandr Lukashenko.
January 28, 2014
Certainly the uneventfulness of her outward circumstances belies the intensity of her interior life.Three Cheers for Alice Munro’s Nobel Prize in Literature
October 10, 2013
And so she had resolved upon surrender—upon an outward surrender.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
Mr. Gosse's return track leaves his outward track at this spot.Explorations in Australia
You look in vain for any outward signs of profligacy or debauchery.Sunday under Three Heads
To all outward seeming, nerveless, emotionless, an abject creature.Within the Law
He was indifference personified, if one might judge from his outward appearance.Chip, of the Flying U
B. M. Bower
- of or relating to what is apparent or superficial
- of or relating to the outside of the body
- belonging or relating to the external, as opposed to the mental, spiritual, or inherent
- of, relating to, or directed towards the outside or exterior
- (of a ship, part of a voyage, etc) leaving for a particular destination
- the outward man
- the body as opposed to the soul
- (of a ship) away from port
- a variant of outwards
- the outward part; exterior
Word Origin and History for outward
Old English utweard "toward the outside, external" (of an enclosure, surface, etc.), earlier utanweard, from ute, utan "outside" (from ut; see out) + -weard (see -ward). Of persons, in reference to the external appearance (usually opposed to inner feelings), it is attested from c.1500. Also as an adverb in Old English (utaword). Outward-bound "directed on a course out from home port" is first recorded c.1600; with capital initials, it refers to a sea school founded in 1941. Related: Outwardly; outwardness.