noun, plural in form but singular in construction
\ ˈwāz How to pronounce ways (audio) \

Definition of ways

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: way sense 6 a long ways from home


adverb suffix

Definition of -ways (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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

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“Ways.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ways. Accessed 12 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of ways

US, informal : a distance


adverb suffix
\ ˌwāz \

Kids Definition of -ways

: in such a way, direction, or manner sideways

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