-ward
I. adjective suffix also -wards Etymology: -ward from Middle English, from Old English -weard; akin to Old High German -wart, -wert -ward, Latin vertere to turn; -wards from -wards, adverb suffix — more at worth 1. that moves, tends, faces, or is directed toward <
riverward
>
2. that occurs or is situated in the direction of <
leftward
>
II. adverb suffix or -wards Etymology: -ward from Middle English, from Old English -weard, from -weard, adjective suffix; -wards from Middle English, from Old English -weardes, genitivesingular neuter of -weard, adjective suffix 1. in a (specified) spatial or temporal direction <
upward
>
<
afterward
>
2. toward a (specified) point, position, or area <
earthward
>

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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