forwards [fawr-werdz] ExamplesWord Origin adverb

  1. forward.

Origin of forwards First recorded in 1350–1400; forward + -s1 Can be confusedforeword forward forwards froward (see synonym study at forward) Related Words for forwards leading, onward, ahead, along, out, promote, uphold, transmit, express, deliver, dispatch, address, forth, progressive, progressing, anterior, advance, head, fore, front Examples from the Web for forwards Contemporary Examples of forwards

  • Their defense is lackadaisical, their forwards frequently inept.

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  • It can move backwards or forwards on its own power, and the men operating it can rotate it this way or that.

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  • The avatar records the answers and forwards them to a tablet handled by one of the blue-uniformed officers.

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  • Kierkegaard is right: we are cursed to understand life only backwards while living it forwards.

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    Roxanne Coady

    October 18, 2011

  • The Daily Beast is the omnivorous friend who hears about the best stuff and forwards it to you with a twist.

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    October 5, 2008

  • Historical Examples of forwards

  • Up and down, backwards and forwards, inside and out, and all hands around.

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    Grace Gallatin Seton-Thompson

  • There are three ways of doing this, forwards, backwards, and sideways.


    John Weaver

  • To come backwards and forwards here, in the same way, for ever?’

    Little Dorrit

    Charles Dickens

  • He knew them, he would have informed you, backwards and forwards.

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    Mary Hastings Bradley

  • Since 1912, our forwards have steadily deteriorated as our backs have got better and better.

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  • British Dictionary definitions for forwards forwards forward adverb

    1. towards or at a place ahead or in advance, esp in space but also in time
    2. towards the front

    Word Origin and History for forwards adv.

    Middle English, from forward + adverbial genitive -s. British English until mid-20c. preserved the distinction between forward and forwards, the latter expressing “a definite direction viewed in contrast with other directions.” In American English, however, forward prevails in all senses since Webster (1832) damned forwards as “a corruption.”

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