FROWARDNESS

froward

[froh-werd, froh-erd]
adjective
willfully contrary; not easily managed: to be worried about one's froward, intractable child.

Origin:
1150–1200; Middle English froward, fraward. See fro, -ward

frowardly, adverb
frowardness, noun
unfroward, adjective
unfrowardly, adverb

foreword, forward, forwards, froward (see synonym study at forward).


obstinate, willful, disobedient, fractious, wayward, unmanageable, difficult.


docile, tractable.
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froward (ˈfrəʊəd)
 
adj
archaic obstinate; contrary
 
[C14: see fro, -ward]
 
'frowardly
 
adv
 
'frowardness
 
n

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froward
O.E. fromweard "turned from or away," from from + -weard. Opposite of toward, it renders L. pervertus in early translations of the Psalms, and also meant "about to depart, departing," and "doomed to die."
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