SYNONYMS | EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN adjective willfully contrary; not easily managed: to be worried about one's froward, intractable child. Origin of froward
First recorded in
is from the
-ward Related forms fro·ward·ly, adverb fro·ward·ness, noun un·fro·ward, adjective un·fro·ward·ly, adverb noun Cape, a cape in S Chile, on the Strait of Magellan: southernmost point of mainland South America.
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Related Words for froward adverse
unyielding Examples from the Web for froward Historical Examples of froward
You permit your heart (little did I think it was such a
froward one) to recoil.
Another trouble is occasioned by the
froward behavior of flowers.
"Speak on," said Hilda, calmly, as a nurse to a
Who is this
froward youth, with his loud and boisterous voice?
But be not
froward because of a first success, nor hope too much from a royal smile. British Dictionary definitions for froward adjective archaic obstinate; contrary Derived Forms frowardly, adverb frowardness, noun Word Origin for froward
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Word Origin and History for froward adv.
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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