[ froh-werd, froh-erd ]
/ ˈfroʊ wərd, ˈfroʊ ərd /


willfully contrary; not easily managed: to be worried about one's froward, intractable child.

Nearby words

  1. froufrou,
  2. frounce,
  3. frousy,
  4. frouzy,
  5. frow,
  6. frowardly,
  7. frown,
  8. frown on,
  9. frowst,
  10. frowsty

Origin of froward

First recorded in 1150–1200, froward is from the Middle English word froward, fraward. See fro, -ward

Related formsfro·ward·ly, adverbfro·ward·ness, nounun·fro·ward, adjectiveun·fro·ward·ly, adverb

Can be confusedforeword forward forwards froward


[ froh-werd, froh-erd ]
/ ˈfroʊ wərd, ˈfroʊ ərd /


Cape, a cape in S Chile, on the Strait of Magellan: southernmost point of mainland South America. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for froward


/ (ˈfrəʊəd) /


archaic obstinate; contrary
Derived Formsfrowardly, adverbfrowardness, noun

Word Origin for froward

C14: see fro, -ward

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Word Origin and History for froward



Old English fromweard "turned from or away," from from + -weard (see -ward). Opposite of toward, it renders Latin pervertus in early translations of the Psalms, and also meant "about to depart, departing," and "doomed to die." Related: Frowardly; frowardness.

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