Pronunciation Adjective


  1. outer; located towards the outside
  2. visible, noticeable
    By all outward indications, he's a normal happy child, but if you talk to him, you will soon realize he has some psychological problems.
  3. Tending to the exterior or outside.
    • The fire will force its outward way.
  4. (obsolete) Foreign; not civil or intestine.
    an outward war
Translations Adverb


  1. Towards the outside; away from the centre. [from 10thc.]
    We are outward bound.
    • c. 1601–1602, William Shakespeare, “Twelfe Night, or VVhat You VVill”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act III, scene i]:
      The wrong side may be turned outward.
  2. (obsolete) Outwardly, in outer appearances; publicly. [14th-17thc.]
    • 1485, Sir Thomas Malory, [http://quod.lib.umich.edu/c/cme/MaloryWks2/1:20.3?rgn=div2;view=fulltext chapter iij], in Le Morte Darthur, book XVIII:
      ANd thenne the quene lete make a preuy dyner in london vnto the knyȝtes of the round table / and al was for to shewe outward that she had as grete Ioye in al other knyghtes of the table round as she had in sir launcelot / al only at that dyner she had sir Gawayne and his bretheren
Synonyms Translations Pronunciation
  • (GA) IPA: /aʊtˈwɔɹd/
  • (RP) IPA: /aʊtˈwɔːd/

outward (outwards, present participle outwarding; past and past participle outwarded)

  1. (obsolete, rare) To ward off; to keep out.
    • 1596, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, V.1:
      Ne any armour could his dint out-ward; / But wheresoever it did light, it throughly shard.

outward (plural outwards)

  1. A ward in a detached building connected with a hospital.

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