Definition of -ward in English:

-ward

(also -wards)

Pronunciation /wəd/

suffix

  • 1

    (also -wards)
    (forming adverbs) toward the specified place or direction.

    ‘homewards’
    • ‘eastward’
  • 2

    (also -ward)
    (forming adjectives) turned or tending toward.

    ‘onward’
    • ‘upward’

Origin

Old English -weard, from a Germanic base meaning ‘turn’.