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Etymology 1Edit

From Middle English, from Old English ūtweard, equivalent to out +‎ -ward


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outward (comparative more outward, superlative most outward)

  1. outer; located towards the outside
  2. visible, noticeable
    By all outward indications, he's a normal happy child, but if you talk to him, you will soon realize he has some psychological problems.
  3. Tending to the exterior or outside.
    • Dryden
      The fire will force its outward way.
  4. (obsolete) Foreign; not civil or intestine.
    an outward war
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Hayward to this entry?)


outward (comparative more outward, superlative most outward)

  1. Towards the outside; away from the centre. [from 10thc.]
    We are outward bound.
    • Shakespeare
      The wrong side may be turned outward.
  2. (obsolete) Outwardly, in outer appearances; publicly. [14th-17thc.]
    • 1485, Sir Thomas Malory, Le Morte d'Arthur, Vol. II, Book XVIII:
      So the Quene lete make a pryvy dynere in London unto the knyghtes of the Rownde Table, and all was for to shew outwarde that she had as grete joy in all other knyghtes of the Rounde Table as she had in Sir Launcelot.
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Etymology 2Edit

From out- +‎ ward.


outward (third-person singular simple present outwards, present participle outwarding, simple past and past participle outwarded)

  1. (obsolete, rare) To ward off; to keep out.
    • 1596, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, V.1:
      Ne any armour could his dint out-ward; / But wheresoever it did light, it throughly shard.