noun \ˈrir-ˌwrd\

Definition of REARWARD

:  rear; especially :  the rear division (as of an army)

Origin of REARWARD

Middle English rerewarde, from Anglo-French rereguard, rerewarde rear guard
First Known Use: 14th century


adjective \-wərd\

: located at, near, or toward the back of something

: directed toward the rear of something

Full Definition of REARWARD

:  located at, near, or toward the rear
:  directed toward the rear <a rearward glance>

Examples of REARWARD

  1. the rearward section of the store
  2. <got rearward quarters aboard the ship>

Origin of REARWARD

2rear + -ward
First Known Use: 1598

Related to REARWARD

aft, after, hind, hinder, hindmost, posterior, rear, back
anterior, fore, forward, front, frontal


adverb \-wərd\

: at, near, or toward the rear

Full Definition of REARWARD

:  at, near, or toward the rear :  backward <looking rearward>

Variants of REARWARD

rear·ward also rear·wards \-wərdz\

Examples of REARWARD

  1. <turned rearward for a moment, just for one final look at the haunting scene>

First Known Use of REARWARD


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