-ward, suffix (also -wards) added to nouns of place or destination and to adverbs of direction and forming:
1 adverbs (usu. -wards) meaning 'towards the place etc.' (moving backwards; set off homewards).
2 adjectives (usu. -ward) meaning 'turned or tending towards' (a downward look; an onward rush).
3 (less commonly) nouns meaning 'the region towards or about' (look to the eastward).
from or after OE - weard f. a Gmc root meaning 'turn'