[froh-werd, froh-erd]


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

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

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[froh-werd, froh-erd]


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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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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