ways

[ weyz ]
/ weɪz /

noun (used with a singular verb)

Origin of ways

Middle English weyes, Old English weges, genitive singular of weg way1

Definition for ways (2 of 3)

way

1
[ wey ]
/ weɪ /

noun

Origin of way

1
before 900; Middle English wei(gh)e, wai, Old English weg; cognate with Dutch, German Weg, Old Norse vegr, Gothic wigs; akin to Latin vehere to carry

SYNONYMS FOR way

3 scheme, device. See method.
4 detail, part.
7 space, interval.
10 track.
14 usage, practice, wont.

Related forms

way·less, adjective

Can be confused

way weigh weight

Definition for ways (3 of 3)

-ways


a suffix appearing in native English adverbs: always; sideways.

Origin of -ways

Middle English; see way1, -s1
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British Dictionary definitions for ways (1 of 2)

-ways


suffix forming adverbs

indicating direction or mannersideways

Word Origin for -ways

Old English weges, literally: of the way, from weg way

British Dictionary definitions for ways (2 of 2)

way

/ (weɪ) /

noun

adverb

Word Origin for way

Old English weg; related to Old Frisian wei, Old Norse vegr, Gothic wigs
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Idioms and Phrases with ways

way


In addition to the idioms beginning with way

  • way the wind blows, which
  • way to go

also see:

  • all the way
  • by the way
  • by way of
  • can't punch one's way out of a paper bag
  • come a long way
  • come one's way
  • cut both ways
  • downhill all the way
  • every which way
  • feel one's way
  • find one's way
  • from way back
  • get one's way
  • give way
  • go all the way
  • go a long way toward
  • go one's way
  • go out of one's way
  • go the way of all flesh
  • hard way
  • have a way with
  • have it both ways
  • have one's way with
  • in a bad way
  • in a big way
  • in a way
  • in one's way
  • in the family way
  • in the way
  • in the worst way
  • know all the answers (one's way around)
  • laugh all the way to the bank
  • lead the way
  • look the other way
  • make one's way
  • make way
  • mend one's ways
  • more than one way to skin a cat
  • not built that way
  • no two ways about it
  • no way
  • one way or another
  • on one's way
  • on the way
  • on the way out
  • other way round
  • out of the way
  • parting of the ways
  • pave the way
  • pay one's way
  • pick one's way
  • put in the way of
  • right of way
  • rub the wrong way
  • see one's way to
  • set in one's ways
  • show the way
  • take the wrong way
  • that's how (the way) the ball bounces
  • under way
  • wend one's way
  • work one's way
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