inwardly

adverb in·ward·ly \ ˈin-wərd-lē \
Updated on: 31 Dec 2017

Definition of inwardly

1 : in the innermost being : mentally, spiritually
2 a : beneath the surface : internally
  • bled inwardly
b : to oneself : privately
  • cursed inwardly

Examples of inwardly in a Sentence

  1. She was outwardly calm but inwardly nervous.

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First Known Use of inwardly

before 12th century


INWARDLY Defined for English Language Learners

inwardly

adverb

Definition of inwardly for English Language Learners

  • : in a way that is not openly shown or stated : on the inside


INWARDLY Defined for Kids

inwardly

adverb in·ward·ly \ ˈin-wərd-lē \

Definition of inwardly for Students

1 : in a way that is not openly shown or stated : privately
  • suffering inwardly
  • She cursed inwardly.
2 : on the inside
  • bleeding inwardly

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