[shawr-werd, shohr-]
  1. facing, moving, or tending toward the shore or land: a shoreward course.
  2. coming from the shore, as a wind.
  1. the direction toward the shore or away from the sea.

Origin of shoreward

First recorded in 1575–85; shore1 + -ward Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for shoreward

Historical Examples of shoreward

  • About noon I sighted a big splash a mile off shoreward, and we headed that way.

  • Its only entrance is at the back, and on the shoreward side.

    The Northern Iron

    George A. Birmingham

  • I tried for a solid hour, and not one wave could I persuade to boost me shoreward.

  • He could see that the gun had been fired from the vessel's shoreward battery.

    Blackbeard: Buccaneer

    Ralph D. Paine

  • It's blood-soaked in the middle, and there are blood-stains all along the shoreward half.

    The Flying Death

    Samuel Hopkins Adams

British Dictionary definitions for shoreward


  1. near or facing the shore
adverb Also: shorewards
  1. towards the shore
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