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untoward

adjective un·to·ward \ˌən-ˈtō-ərd, -ˈt(-ə)rd; ˌən-tə-ˈwrd\

: bad or unfavorable : not good

: not proper or appropriate

Full Definition of UNTOWARD

1
:  difficult to guide, manage, or work with :  unruly, intractable
2
a :  marked by trouble or unhappiness :  unlucky
b :  not favorable :  adverse, unpropitious <untoward side effects>
3
un·to·ward·ly adverb
un·to·ward·ness noun
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Examples of UNTOWARD

  1. There was nothing untoward about his appearance.
  2. <tried to reason with the untoward child>

First Known Use of UNTOWARD

15th century
UNTOWARD Defined for Kids

untoward

adjective un·to·ward \ˌən-ˈtō-ərd\

Definition of UNTOWARD for Kids

:  unexpected and unpleasant or improper <Perhaps there was sickness in the temple, or some other untoward event … — Linda Sue Park, A Single Shard>

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