[ uhn-tawrd, -tohrd ]
/ ʌnˈtɔrd, -ˈtoʊrd /


unfavorable or unfortunate: Untoward circumstances forced him into bankruptcy.
improper: untoward social behavior.
Archaic. froward; perverse.

Origin of untoward

First recorded in 1520–30; un-1 + toward

Related forms

un·to·ward·ly, adverbun·to·ward·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for untoward


/ (ˌʌntəˈwɔːd, ʌnˈtəʊəd) /


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

Derived Forms

untowardly, adverbuntowardness, noun
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