untoward was our Word of the Day on 09/07/2016. Hear the podcast!
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Examples of untoward in a Sentence
There was nothing untoward about his appearance.
tried to reason with the untoward child
Recent Examples of untoward from the Web
His supporters say there's nothing untoward about a chairman being briefed by his staff.
Harris has said there is nothing untoward about him, as a legislator, pushing a proposal regarding his industry.
And so far there's been nothing untoward about the president or his activity or anything that has been put forward.
In an interview, Harris said there is nothing untoward about him, as a legislator, pushing proposals regarding his industry.
Brokaw denied anything untoward happened with Vester.
Then there are those who see every untoward event as the product of mommy and daddy (i.e., authority figures) letting them down.
Those are made employing the still somewhat suspicious American practice of adding bittering hops to the mix, but there's nothing aggressive or even untoward about them.
Demonstrating the high level of anxiety, a fifth Muslim member of Parliament said on Tuesday that his office had received a suspicious package and had been evacuated, but that the police had found nothing untoward in it.
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toward and Untoward
More than 700 years ago, English speakers began using the word toward for "forward-moving" youngsters, the kind who showed promise and were open to listening to their elders. After about 150 years, the use was broadened somewhat to mean simply "docile" or "obliging." The opposite of this toward is froward, meaning "perverse" or "ungovernable." Today, froward has fallen out of common use, and the cooperative sense of toward is downright obsolete, but the newcomer to this series—untoward—has kept its toehold. Untoward first showed up as a synonym of unruly in the 1500s, and it is still used, just as it was then, though it has since acquired other meanings as well.
balky, contrary, contumacious, defiant, disobedient, froward, incompliant, insubordinate, intractable, obstreperous, rebel, rebellious, recalcitrant, refractory, restive, ungovernable, unruly, wayward, willful (or wilful);
adamant, adamantine, dogged, hardheaded, headstrong, immovable, implacable, inflexible, mulish, obdurate, obstinate, opinionated, peevish, pertinacious, pigheaded, rigid, self-willed, stubborn, unbending, uncompromising, unrelenting, unyielding;
UNTOWARD Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of untoward for English Language Learners
: bad or unfavorable : not good
: not proper or appropriate
UNTOWARD Defined for Kids
Definition of untoward for Students
- Perhaps there was sickness in the temple, or some other untoward event …
- —Linda Sue Park, A Single Shard
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