- willfully contrary; not easily managed: to be worried about one's froward, intractable child.
Origin of froward
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obstinate, willful, disobedient, fractious, wayward, unmanageable, difficult.
- Cape, a cape in S Chile, on the Strait of Magellan: southernmost point of mainland South America.
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Examples from the Web for froward
You permit your heart (little did I think it was such a froward one) to recoil.Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)
Another trouble is occasioned by the froward behavior of flowers.
"Speak on," said Hilda, calmly, as a nurse to a froward child.Harold, Complete
Who is this froward youth, with his loud and boisterous voice?Forgotten Tales of Long Ago
E. V. Lucas
But be not froward because of a first success, nor hope too much from a royal smile.Sea-Dogs All!
- archaic obstinate; contrary
C14: see fro, -ward
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Word Origin and History for froward
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