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froward

[froh-werd, froh-erd] /ˈfroʊ wərd, ˈfroʊ ərd/
adjective
1.
willfully contrary; not easily managed:
to be worried about one's froward, intractable child.
Origin
1150-1200
1150-1200; Middle English froward, fraward. See fro, -ward
Related forms
frowardly, adverb
frowardness, noun
unfroward, adjective
unfrowardly, adverb
Can be confused
foreword, forward, forwards, froward (see synonym study at forward)
Synonyms
obstinate, willful, disobedient, fractious, wayward, unmanageable, difficult.
Antonyms
docile, tractable.
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British Dictionary definitions for un-froward

froward

/ˈfrəʊəd/
adjective
1.
(archaic) obstinate; contrary
Derived Forms
frowardly, adverb
frowardness, noun
Word Origin
C14: see fro, -ward
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Word Origin and History for un-froward

froward

adv.

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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