Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Archaic Appearing likely to succeed; promising.
  • adj. Archaic Advantageous; favorable.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Promising, propitious.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Same as toward, a., 2.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Ready to do or learn; apt; docile; tractable; compliant with duly.
  • Forward; promising; precocious; early as regards season or state of advancement.

Etymologies

From toward +‎ -ly. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • What wants there to such a towardly and pregnant soil, but wise and faithful labourers, to make a knowing people, a nation of prophets, of sages, and of worthies?

    Areopagitica

  • Marry, and I am glad of it: I am like to have a towardly Scholar of you.

    The Compleat Angler

  • Our young master, a fine towardly gentleman, God bless him, and hopeful; why? he is heir apparent to the right worshipful, to the right honourable, &c.

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • I have observed thee always for a towardly prompt spirit — give thee thy due — and one that knows what belongs to reason; and canst use the time well, if the time use thee well: good parts in thee.

    The Life of Timon of Athens

  • Nephew Emanuell, with Troopes of faire and towardly force, who were honoutably welcommed and entertained by the Duke, but much more by the Dutchesse, because shee was their sister in Law.

    The Decameron

  • Quintus Fulvius, of towardly yeares and apprehension, sent him to

    The Decameron

  • _Stow_ in his _Annals_, calleth him, a most valiant and towardly Gentleman.

    The Lives of the Most Famous English Poets (1687)

  • I have observed thee always for a towardly prompt spirit, give thee thy due, and one that knows what belongs to reason; and canst use the time well, if the time use thee well: good parts in thee.

    Act III. Scene I. Timon of Athens

  • My son Johnny was at the grammar school, and a towardly child.

    The World's Greatest Books — Volume 08 — Fiction

  • What wants there to such a towardly and pregnant soil, but wise and faithful laborers, to make a knowing people, a nation of prophets, of sages, and of worthies.

    Paras 20-33

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