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froward

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adjective fro·ward \ˈfrō-(w)ərd\

Definition of froward

  1. 1 :  habitually disposed to disobedience and opposition

  2. 2 archaic :  adverse

frowardly adverb
frowardness noun


Examples of froward in a sentence

  1. <their froward pranks are not appropriate in the workplace>

  2. <froward students sent to the office for chronic disciplinary problems>



Did You Know?

Once upon a time, in the days of Middle English, froward and toward were opposites. Froward meant "moving or facing away from something or someone;" toward meant "moving or facing in the direction of something or someone." (The suffix -ward is from Old English -weard, meaning "moving, tending, facing.") Froward also meant "difficult to deal with, perverse"; toward meant "willing, compliant, obliging." Each went its own way in the end: froward lost its "away from" sense as long ago as the 16th century and the "willing" sense of toward disappeared in the 18th century. A third relative, untoward, developed in the 15th century as a synonym for froward in its "unruly or intractable" sense, and later developed other meanings, including "improper or indecorous."

Origin of froward

Middle English, turned away, froward, from fro from + -ward -ward


First Known Use: 13th century


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