English - Alternative Forms
English - Pronunciation
English - Etymology 1
From Middle English, from Old English foreweard (“condition, bargain, agreement, contract, treaty, assurance”), equivalent to fore- + ward (“ward, keeping”). Cognate with Scots forward (“covenant, compact”), Dutch voorwaarde (“condition, terms, proviso, stipulation”). More at fore-, ward.
English - Etymology 2
From Middle English foreward, from Old English foreweard (“forward, inclined to the front, fore, early, former”), from Proto-Germanic *fura- (“fore-”), *warþaz (“turned”), equivalent to fore + -ward. Cognate with Dutch voorwaarts (“forward”), German vorwärts (“forward”).
- Toward the front or at the front.
- Without customary restraint or modesty.
- (finance) Expected in the future.
- Ready; prompt; strongly inclined; in a bad sense, overready or hasty.
- Advanced beyond the usual degree; advanced for the season.
- The superlative forwardmost can be used for the "toward or at the front" sense. There does not appear to be a "forwardmore".
- (at the front): anterior, front
- (without customary restraint): bold, fresh, impertinent
- (expected in the future): forecast, predicted
- (at the front): back, posterior, rear
- (without customary restraint): restrained
- (expected in the future): past
Towards the front or from the front.
1915, Mrs. Belloc Lowndes, The Lodger, chapter I:
- A great bargain also had been the excellent Axminster carpet which covered the floor; as, again, the arm-chair in which Bunting now sat forward, staring into the dull, small fire. In fact, that arm-chair had been an extravagance of Mrs. Bunting. She had wanted her husband to be comfortable after the day's work was done, and she had paid thirty-seven shillings for the chair.
- 1915, Mrs. Belloc Lowndes, The Lodger, chapter I:
- In the usual direction of travel.
- Into the future.
- (towards the front): forwards
- (in the usual direction of travel): ahead, forth, on, onward, onwards
- (into the future): forth, forwards, hereon, on, onward, onwards
- (towards the front): back, backward, backwards, rearwards
- (in the usual direction of travel): back, backward, backwards, rearwards, in reverse
- (in the future): backward, backwards, into the past
- (transitive) To advance, promote.
- (transitive) To send (a letter, email etc.) to a third party.