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 History of this Word

"ward" is from "weard" (to turn) spoken by people in England during 450-1100 A.D.

Notes

In this sense, it is a word added to another word to form a new word.

More words with this suffix,
downward
skyward
eastward
outwards

Words related to this meaning

grammar is modifier

"-ward" is a type of suffix

Definition

A word ending that indicates in a particular direction. Created by people to expand meaning of words. Can be added to the end of many words.

Examples of how the word is used

-ward illustration They knew that a landward attack was possible
-ward illustration That does seem like a step backwards.