- toward a lower place, position, state, etc.
- from an earlier to a later time
Origin of downwardMiddle English dounward from Old English aduneweard: see down and -ward
- In, to, or toward a lower place, level, or position: floating downward.
- Toward a lower position in a hierarchy or on a socioeconomic scale: slid downward into poverty.
- Toward the feet or lower parts: clothed from the waist downward.
- Toward a lower amount, degree, or rank: stocks plummeted downward.
- From a prior source or earlier time: passed downward through the ages.
(comparative more downward, superlative most downward) (downwards)
(comparative more downward, superlative most downward)
down + -ward