-wards

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old English -weardes, a variant of -weard; see -ward for more.

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-wards

  1. Forming adverbs denoting course or direction to, or motion or tendency toward, as in "backwards", "towards", etc.

Usage notes[edit]

  • The choice between -ward and -wards is individual or dialectal; both are widely used.
  • Adverbs ending in -wards (Anglo-Saxon -weardes) and some other adverbs, such as besides, betimes, since Old English sithens, etc., originated as genitive forms used adverbially.

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