- in or on the inside; internally
- in the mind or spirit: inwardly resentful
- toward the inside
Origin of inwardlyMiddle English inwardlich from Old English inweardlic: see inward and -ly
- On or in the inside; within: a window opening flared inwardly.
- Privately; to oneself: “kept his lips closed with the expression of a man inwardly laughing” ( T.S. Stribling )
- In an inward manner; on the inside or to one's self.
- Jacob groaned inwardly when he was called on to answer the question.
From inward + -ly.