I. adjective suffix
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.