\ˈwāz \

Definition of ways 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: way sense 6 a long ways from home

Definition of -ways (Entry 2 of 2)

: in (such) a way, course, direction, or manner sideways

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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun, plural in form but singular in construction

Broadcasters still have a ways to go before 4K and HDR live sports are standard in households. Tom Warren, The Verge, "You can now watch the World Cup in 4K HDR and it’s gorgeous," 15 June 2018 But The Moodies go back a ways and this feels like a real head-scratcher. Troy L. Smith, cleveland.com, "Rock Hall 2018: Who should induct The Cars, Nina Simone & more?," 22 Mar. 2018 The overall budget bill that includes the prohibition is still a ways from making it to Gov. Jeff Colyer's desk. Hunter Woodall, kansascity, "House agrees: No tax dollars for Kobach to spend for being found in contempt of court | The Kansas City Star," 27 Apr. 2018 Obviously there is still a ways to go before the Jayhawks extend that absurd 13-season streak, and they could be joined in first place as soon as Tuesday. Dan Greene, SI.com, "Here's One Team You Shouldn't Overlook, Especially in March," 22 Jan. 2018 Killebrew got beat several teams in seven-on-seven and two-man route drills, and has a ways to go over the next few months to be in the playing group this fall. Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Lions' new defense as versatile as advertised at OTAs," 24 May 2018 The northwest Valley suburb shot from just more than 30,000 residents in 2000 to more than 130,000 today and still has a ways to go. Lorraine Longhi, azcentral, "Surprise voters OK city's purchase of private water company," 15 May 2018 Some say autonomous vehicles will solve all our road safety problems, but the tech has a ways to go. Aarian Marshall, WIRED, "This Week in the Future of Cars: Touch and Go," 11 May 2018 There’s Mack, the rising sophomore who flashed game-breaking ability last fall but still has a ways to go on the pass-protection front. Zak Keefer, Indianapolis Star, "Insider: Is Marlon Mack ready to become the Colts' lead back?," 7 May 2018

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First Known Use of ways

Noun, plural in form but singular in construction

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for ways

Noun, plural in form but singular in construction

Middle English wayes, from genitive of way entry 1

Adverb suffix

Middle English, from ways, genitive of way

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ways and means

way shaft

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The first known use of ways was before the 12th century

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English Language Learners Definition of ways

: a distance


Kids Definition of -ways

: in such a way, direction, or manner sideways

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exaggeratedly or childishly emotional

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