inwardly

adverb in·ward·ly \ ˈin-wərd-lē \

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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