Definition of homeward-bound in English:



  • On the way home.

    ‘the next day we were homeward-bound’
    • ‘Manchester holidaymakers on board a homeward-bound flight from Crete staged a revolt after being told the plane was being diverted to London.’
    • ‘Today's homeward-bound college grads hope to pay back student loans, put away savings, possibly invest their entry-level earnings, and even begin to make long-term investments.’
    • ‘And passengers, intent on catching homeward-bound planes, often have little time to argue.’
    • ‘The streets, however, still thronged with tourists as well as with homeward-bound office and shop workers.’
    • ‘I waited for ages in Wantage town square for the homeward-bound bus.’
    • ‘During my homeward-bound tube journey this evening, my mobile phone beeped into life.’
    • ‘He is scheduled to make a stop at Novosibirsk in western Siberia on his homeward-bound 10,000-kilometer train journey.’
    • ‘He wasn't allowed to board the homeward-bound plane with the Special Forces soldiers.’
    • ‘It would leave hordes of us homeward-bound travellers stuck on stationary trains or, confused by contradictory loudspeaker announcements, send us scurrying in vain from one empty platform to another.’
    • ‘Unfortunately, it took nearly 48 hours for my bags to catch up with me at my Manhattan hotel, but on boarding the homeward-bound flight the airline gave me £50 for the inconvenience.’
    • ‘When my outbound flight is called, dozens of homeward-bound women irritably unpack their hijabs and put them on.’
    • ‘One commuter suffered a heart attack and others fainted and were ill in the heat as their homeward-bound train was brought to a standstill.’
    • ‘Luckily my homeward-bound train appeared almost immediately and soon I was in front of the telly, with another glass of wine in my hand, my cat at my side, and watching a video of Billy Connolly - a perfect way in which to round off the day.’
    • ‘Posh nosh is on the menu for weary homeward-bound commuters.’
    • ‘It's almost a year since I walked across it, whilst I was in New York on the American leg of my homeward-bound trip.’
    • ‘‘Everyone seems to want to live fast and die young,’ he remarks, observing rowdy homeward-bound teen clubbers jostling their hungover elders in the ticket queue.’
    • ‘Apparently, Michael Jackson mania in Oxford increased last night after I'd left to catch my homeward-bound train.’
    • ‘And then I had to be off, and thankfully managed to make it back to Paddington in time to get on a homeward-bound train that was just about leave.’