Definition of -ward in English:

-ward

(also -wards)

suffix

  • 1(forming adverbs) towards the specified place or direction.

    ‘eastwards’
    ‘homewards’
  • 2(forming adjectives) turned or tending towards.

    ‘onward’
    ‘upward’

Origin

Old English -weard, from a Germanic base meaning ‘turn’.

Pronunciation

-ward

/wəd/