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[fawr-werdz] /ˈfɔr wərdz/
Origin of forwards
1350-1400; forward + -s1
Can be confused
foreword, forward, forwards, froward (see synonym study at forward) Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for forwards
  • So a listener who wants to hear, say, the third item on the first side of the tape simply fast-forwards to the third beep.
  • There you watch them in slow motion, backwards and forwards, taking your time to look closely at everything.
  • He reads a lot online, too, and forwards articles to friends and colleagues.
  • On the one hand, every bit of technology forwards the relentless personalization of the music experience.
  • When a client verifies a transaction, it forwards the details to others in the network to check for themselves.
  • So it might go backwards and forwards one or two times.
  • After the reviewers provide commentary, the journal editor forwards this feedback to the professor, who makes corrections.
  • After years of wrangling over the chemical's toxicity, researchers are charting a new way forwards.
  • Going forwards would mean that the wheels become embedded deeper in their tracks, he says.
  • Setting the clock ahead effectively moves sunrise forwards too.
British Dictionary definitions for forwards


towards or at a place ahead or in advance, esp in space but also in time
towards the front
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for forwards

Middle English, from forward + adverbial genitive -s. British English until mid-20c. preserved the distinction between forward and forwards, the latter expressing "a definite direction viewed in contrast with other directions." In American English, however, forward prevails in all senses since Webster (1832) damned forwards as "a corruption."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for forwards



Pills of amphetamine or its derivatives

[1960s+ Narcotics; probably an allusion to speed in the same sense, with perhaps a by-reference to the fast forward control of a tape player]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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