- unfavorable or unfortunate: Untoward circumstances forced him into bankruptcy.
- improper: untoward social behavior.
- Archaic. froward; perverse.
Origin of untoward
Related Words for untowardunmanageable, adverse, perverse, unfortunate, disturbing, unbecoming, unseemly, inappropriate, annoying, awkward, contrary, disastrous, fractious, hapless, inauspicious, inconvenient, inimical, inopportune, intractable, irritating
Examples from the Web for untoward
Contemporary Examples of untoward
I try not to think about the cold years ahead, when time will slowly poach my youth and my body will begin its untoward changes.The Modern ‘Lolita’: Dramatizing the Mind of a Female Pedophile in Alissa Nutting’s ‘Tampa’
June 28, 2013
Any objectionable remark, any untoward joke, any awkward facial expression may be recorded and broadcast.Say Goodbye to Basic Privacy
March 18, 2013
Historical Examples of untoward
He would not have been a Briton if these untoward combinations of events had not made him surly.Hetty's Strange History
It would take only an untoward word, a false movement, to start a massacre.Slaves of Mercury
He thought not at all of the untoward fortune that had placed him where he stood.The Shadow of a Crime
Had she been commissioned to tell him of some untoward event?We Two
Truly it is untoward, but I wish, my dear aunt, you would not let it trouble you so much.Fairy Fingers
Anna Cora Mowatt Ritchie
- characterized by misfortune, disaster, or annoyance
- not auspicious; adverse; unfavourable
- unseemly or improper
- out of the ordinary; out of the way
- archaic refractory; perverse
- obsolete awkward, ungainly, or uncouth