from The Century Dictionary.

  • Toward the city; in the direction of the city.

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  • adjective Directed toward cities; as, cityward migration, cityward movement, cityward migrants, etc.
  • adverb Toward a city; toward cities


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city +‎ -ward


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  • As one labours in London and sinks into a dream, remembering the hills wherein he spends a lonely summer, among Westmorland's fells and by the becks, so the Boer, called cityward, looks back upon the wide and lonely veldt which is never too wide and never lonelier to him than to any of the beasts he loves to hunt.

    A Tramp's Notebook Morley Roberts 1899

  • Some revolted and migrated westward, others went cityward as cooks and barbers: Mother worked for some years at house service in Great Barrington, and after a disappointed love episode with a cousin, who went to California, she met and married Alfred Du Bois and went to town to live by the golden river where I was born.


  • As Mr Arlack had originally been a member of the ardent fraternity of chummies in the cityward regions of London, he had there contracted the usual cockney contempt for the letters

    Ralph Rashleigh 2004

  • So the difference between those two men, I know Bennie Mays quite a little and as I say, I admire him what he's doing now in his work with Rural Development Fund I believe they CALL it to help Negroes in poor farm counties with cooperatives though there are some whites with them too, rather than to have them continue the cityward migrations and the building up of greater ghettoes.

    Oral History Interview with Louise Young, February 14, 1972. Interview G-0066. Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007) 1972

  • Far down the railroad embankment which passed the rear of the house, an engine puffed lazily cityward with a load of empty freight cars.

    A Son of the City A Story of Boy Life Herman Gastrell Seely

  • Yesterday, however, I learned that two men had boarded a freight train bound cityward, at daybreak, Sunday morning, at Blair, a little watering station, some fifteen miles from here.

    The Diamond Coterie Lawrence L. Lynch

  • So he sprinted forward, regardless of her protests, and arrived at the next corner just in time to catch the car going cityward.

    The Witness Grace Livingston Hill Lutz

  • The train was there, and it bore cityward the gentlemanly Mr. Lamotte, and the half-inebriated loafer, Brooks.

    The Diamond Coterie Lawrence L. Lynch

  • A few moments later, a long, empty freight train rattled cityward unnoticed, as John's regular breathing told off, faithfully as any timepiece, the fast lessening minutes which stood between him and

    A Son of the City A Story of Boy Life Herman Gastrell Seely

  • Suburban trains thundered incessantly cityward, blending the snorts of their locomotives with the rumble of innumerable elevated trains and the clamoring bells of the surface cars.

    A Son of the City A Story of Boy Life Herman Gastrell Seely


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