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-ward

Syllabification: -ward
(also -wards)

Definition of -ward in English:

suffix

Added to nouns of place or destination and to adverbs of direction.
1 (usually -wards) (Forming adverbs) toward the specified place or direction: eastward homewards
2 (usually -ward) (Forming adjectives) turned or tending toward: onward upward

Origin

Old English -weard, from a Germanic base meaning 'turn'. The forms in -s are all remnants of the old genitive singular inflection.

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