-ward

{

-ward

(wẽrd),

-wards

(wẽrdz) }

Etymology

Anglo-Saxon -weard, -weardes; akin to Old Saxon & Old Friesic -ward. Old High German -wert, German -wärts, Icelandic -verðr, Gothic -vaírþs, Low vertere to turn, versus toward, and English worth to become. √143. See Worth. verb intransitive, and cf. Verse. Adverbs ending in -wards (Anglo-Saxon -weardes) and some other adverbs, such as besides, betimes, since (Old English sithens). etc., were originally genitive forms used adverbially.
  • Suffixes denoting course or direction to; motion or tendency toward; as in backward, or backwards; toward, or towards, etc.