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a suffix forming nouns that denote persons who regularly engage in an activity, or who are characterized in a certain way, as indicated by the stem; now usually pejorative:
coward; dullard; drunkard; wizard.
Contemporary Examples

“I’ve spent time building bridges to all factions in that debate, trying to work tow ard compromise,” he said.
Lou Dobbs’ Big Fox Comeback Howard Kurtz November 9, 2010

Historical Examples

Then we lowered a boat, and made an examination of the ship for’ard.
“Pig-Headed” Sailor Men Louis Becke

I don’t like to have you go for’ard there among those cattle, Mayo.
Blow The Man Down Holman Day

“You’ll find ‘er a little ‘ard, sir,” remarked the steersman as he turned over the wheel to Madden.
The Cruise of the Dry Dock T. S. Stribling

In a minute she is snug in her stall “for’ard,” just by the cook’s galley.
A Boy’s Voyage Round the World The Son of Samuel Smiles

For’ard, Hermann and the crew were heaving in and straightening out the tangle of anchors.
A Son Of The Sun Jack London

“So is Morrison, and so am I,” said the mate, as he rose to go for’ard again.
Tessa Louis Becke

With that Mr. Bad Elephant seized ‘im with ‘is trunk and flung ‘im pretty ‘ard into the bush and walked on.
Ande Trembath Matthew Stanley Kemp

“Take him to the for’ard deck-house,” snarled Hendry viciously.
Tessa Louis Becke

And then Dick give me a thrashin’, he did, but I never ‘ollered or made a row, tho’ he hit pretty ‘ard.
J. Cole Emma Gellibrand

indicating a person who does something, esp to excess, or is characterized by a certain quality: braggart, drunkard, dullard

also -art, from Old French -ard, -art, from German -hard, -hart “hardy,” forming the second element in many personal names, often used as an intensifier, but in Middle High German and Dutch used as a pejorative element in common nouns, and thus passing into Middle English in bastard, coward, blaffard (“one who stammers”), etc. It thus became a living element in English, e.g. buzzard, drunkard.
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descent, a grandson of Benjamin (Num. 26:38-40). In 1 Chr. 8:3 he is called Addar. His descendants are mentioned in Num. 26:40.


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