ways

play
noun plural but singular in construction \ˈwāz\

Definition of ways

  1. :  way 6 <a long ways from home>

Origin and Etymology of ways

Middle English wayes, from genitive of 1way


First Known Use: 1580


-ways

adverb suffix

Definition of -ways

  1. :  in (such) a way, course, direction, or manner <sideways>

Origin and Etymology of -ways

Middle English, from ways, genitive of way



WAYS Defined for English Language Learners

ways

play
noun plural but singular in construction \ˈwāz\

Definition of ways for English Language Learners

  • : a distance


-WAYS Defined for Kids

-ways

adverb suffix \ˌwāz\

Definition of -ways for Students

  1. :  in such a way, direction, or manner <sideways>



Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up ways? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

an alert or lookout

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

  • alphabet-magnets
  • Which is the correct spelling?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ