Definition of homeward in English:

homeward

(also homewards)

adverb

  • Toward home.

    ‘setting off homeward’
    • ‘So I plodded back to the car, purchasing a pack of sandwiches on the way, and headed homewards, taking a wide detour in the direction of Boston and then turning off to join my familiar country roads.’
    • ‘Tash beamed at him, and began to race homewards.’
    • ‘What better satisfaction that downing a frosty can of export lager after battling homeward through the A-roads of the steamy English countryside?’
    • ‘After meeting up with Mat, Luke and I got on the tube at Oxford Circus, heading homewards.’
    • ‘Sighing, he strode off homewards, to respond to Anna's distress calls.’
    • ‘While the weather was favourable for the first four races very heavy rain began to pour down just after three o clock and many people were left with no option but to head homewards.’
    • ‘If licensing hours are more relaxed, then not only will people not feel under pressure to have their fill quickly, but they will also drift away homewards at varying times.’
    • ‘I'm about to head homewards to then go on to college.’
    • ‘He had taken a wrong turning when heading homewards from Copmanthorpe through an unfamiliar area.’
    • ‘More rubbish is talked, and eventually we wend our way homewards.’
    • ‘On Friday, we thought we'd try lunch at the Stag and Hounds in Binfield, but there wasn't a table free, so we'd headed back homewards and went to the poshest place in the village.’
    • ‘Driving homewards on the M4 tonight, I reflected, as I do from time to time, on how much I love England.’
    • ‘As I packed up and drove homewards, I had a feeling of quiet calm.’
    • ‘With a sigh, I take a few steps around the deck and look homeward, towards the town.’
    • ‘There was no way we could carry on, no choice but to limp homewards.’
    • ‘His behavior baffled Estelle her but she did not comment as they rode silently homewards.’
    • ‘The lesson passed pretty quickly and, having practised some maneuvers, I was soon driving homewards again.’
    • ‘On the way home I bumped into Laura; we had a quick catch up then she went on her way to work and I trundled on down the hill homewards.’
    • ‘He turned his horse homeward and set off at an easy pace down the hillside.’
    • ‘The day had begun to look brighter (despite the incessant rain), as I headed homewards.’
    • ‘He gave me a hurt look, but turned the car homewards anyway.’

adjective

  • Going or leading toward home.

    ‘their homeward journey’
    • ‘The itinerary includes a visit to Strokestown House, a cruise on the River Shannon, time for shopping and a meal on the homeward journey.’
    • ‘An extra outward train in the morning and an extra homeward train in the evening should ease difficulties being experienced by commuters.’
    • ‘Pentland Ferries' second vessel spent another night away from home last night, after weather and tidal conditions prevented the final leg of her homeward journey.’
    • ‘He said he would take time during his homeward journey to reflect on the images that struck him.’
    • ‘Having enjoyed their day out, they arrived back at Moyne at 9 pm and set out on their homeward journey.’
    • ‘She knew she needed to decipher it, knowing that the prophecy held the key to her homeward journey.’
    • ‘Before the homeward journey, a final stop for refreshments was made at Kinvarra.’
    • ‘I'll never forget the singing on the homeward journey - everyone happy, sunburnt, slightly tipsy and exhausted.’
    • ‘Christmas cards went early, because of the long homeward flight.’
    • ‘Lisselton came up trumps in the big game and understandably the team and supporters were in a jubilant frame of mind on their homeward journey.’
    • ‘After a perilous homeward journey he reached England in 1774, only to encounter serious doubts about the validity of his discoveries.’
    • ‘He made the homeward journey by way of Longbill Manor where he stopped at the gate and looked down the drive.’
    • ‘They are bound to slow commuters' homeward journeys.’
    • ‘The cost is €55 which includes the coach trip, entrance fee and food on the island and dinner on the homeward journey.’
    • ‘Endeavour will sail from Whitehaven, Cumbria, on November 8, on a homeward route that will retrace some of Cook's voyages.’
    • ‘Bryan died on the homeward leg of a European journey in 1870, and the paintings he acquired on that trip formed a posthumous bequest to the society, swelling his lifetime gift to more than 375 works.’
    • ‘Unlike the journey to Iran, the players and supporters were able to enjoy alcohol on the homeward flight, courtesy of a free bar arranged by team sponsors Eircom.’
    • ‘After waiting some considerable time for a taxi at York Railway Station one Friday afternoon, I asked the driver on the homeward journey if he thought there were sufficient taxis in York to meet the demand.’
    • ‘Violence frequently marks their homeward trips if they lose, which at times results in damage to the trains they are traveling on.’
    • ‘He has just completed about two months in the saddle pedalling from Tiananman Square in Beijing, China, setting off in early March on his homeward journey.’

Origin

Old English hāmweard (see home, -ward).

Pronunciation

homeward

/ˈhoʊmwərd//ˈhōmwərd/