Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The condition of being forward or in advance; a state of advancement: as, the forwardness of spring; the forwardness of a scholar.
  • noun Cheerful readiness; promptness; eagerness; confidence.
  • noun Undue assurance; lack of becoming modesty: as, the forwardness of an ill-bred child.
  • noun Synonyms Promptitude, zeal; presumption; Willingness. Forwardness expresses more than willingness in that it implies promptitude and active desire, while willingness has lost the sense implied in its derivation, and expresses rather a somewhat passive readiness.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The quality of being forward; cheerful readiness; promtness.
  • noun An advanced stage of progress or of preparation; advancement.
  • noun Eagerness; ardor.
  • noun Boldness; confidence; assurance; want of due reserve or modesty.
  • noun A state of advance beyond the usual degree; prematureness; precocity

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The quality of being forward.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun prompt willingness
  • noun offensive boldness and assertiveness
  • noun an advanced stage

Etymologies

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forward +‎ -ness

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