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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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  • The upper balance, which is the slow one, has been swinging backwards and forwards measuring the long hours of the day.

  • There are three ways of doing this, forwards, backwards, and sideways.

    Orchesography John Weaver
  • There the wise bird sits free from danger, swinging backwards and forwards in the breeze.

    Old Jack W.H.G. Kingston
  • His spies went daily backwards and forwards with details about me.

    In the Forbidden Land Arnold Henry Savage Landor
  • “You would be much more foolish throwing it backwards and forwards and not catching anything,” remarked the laird.

    Norman Vallery W.H.G. Kingston
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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