Definition of


  1. (noun, attribute) how something is done or how it happens
    his rapid manner of talking
    their nomadic mode of existence
    in the characteristic New York style
    a lonely way of life
    in an abrasive fashion
  2. (noun, act) how a result is obtained or an end is achieved
    an example is the best agency of instruction
    the true way to success
  3. (noun, location) a line leading to a place or point
    didn't know the way home
  4. (noun, state) the condition of things generally
    I felt the same way
  5. (noun, act) a course of conduct
    we went our separate ways
    our paths in life led us apart
    genius usually follows a revolutionary path
  6. (noun, artifact) any artifact consisting of a road or path affording passage from one place to another
  7. (noun, act) a journey or passage
  8. (noun, quantity) space for movement
    make way for
    hardly enough elbow room to turn around
  9. (noun, attribute) the property of distance in general
    he went a long ways
  10. (noun, cognition) doing as one pleases or chooses
  11. (noun, cognition) a general category of things; used in the expression `in the way of'
  12. (noun, possession) a portion of something divided into shares
  13. (adv, all) to a great degree or by a great distance; very much (`right smart' is regional in the United States)
    way off base
    the other side of the hill is right smart steeper than the side we are on

via WordNet, Princeton University

Origin of the word Way

  1. O.E. weg "road, path, course of travel," from P.Gmc. *wegaz (cf. O.S., Du. weg, O.N. vegr, O.Fris. wei, O.H.G. weg, Ger. Weg, Goth. wigs "way"), from PIE *wegh- "to move" (see weigh). Most of the extended senses developed in M.E. Adj. meaning "very, extremely" is early 1980s, perhaps from phrase all the way. … more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

Words that sound like Way

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