A Word A Day : Froward

Tuesday, 13th May 2008 : Today's Word is ...


( Adjective )

Pronunciation : fro-ard


1. Stubbornly contrary and disobedient

2. Given to acting in opposition to others

3. Habitually disposed to disobedience and opposition


Old English - frāward - in a direction leading away from - Old Norse - frá - from


balky, contrarious, contrary, difficult, impossible, ornery, perverse, wayward


Flexible, obedient, easy, possible, ordinary

Contextual Examples:

• Chaste women are often proud and
froward, as presuming upon the merit of their chastity.

• They went quietly down into the roaring streets, inseparable and blessed; and as they passed along in sunshine and shade, the noisy and the eager, and the arrogant and the
froward and the vain, fretted and chafed, and made their usual uproar.

• He was forward thinking enough to write a foreword for his book on his career as a
froward soccer forward.

Related Words:

frowardly : Adverb

frowardness : Noun

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