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 (frō′wərd, -ərd)
Stubbornly contrary and disobedient; obstinate.

[Middle English : fra, fro, from, away; see fro + -ward, -ward; see -ward.]

fro′ward·ly adv.
fro′ward·ness n.


archaic obstinate; contrary
[C14: see fro, -ward]
ˈfrowardly adv
ˈfrowardness n


(ˈfroʊ wərd, ˈfroʊ ərd)

willfully contrary; not easily managed.
[1150–1200; Middle English froward, fraward. See fro, -ward]
fro′ward•ly, adv.
fro′ward•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.froward - habitually disposed to disobedience and opposition
disobedient - not obeying or complying with commands of those in authority; "disobedient children"


Given to acting in opposition to others:
References in classic literature ?
To this I was forced to consent; and the honest fellow regarding me as a froward, inexperienced child, whom it was his duty to serve at the risk of offending, lifted me from the rocks, and tenderly bathed my limbs.
Chaste women are often proud and froward, as presuming upon the merit of their chastity.
The nobility and gentry, and public in general, for whose accommodation these tenements were designed, lay, here and there, in baskets, staring straight up at the ceiling; but, in denoting their degrees in society, and confining them to their respective stations (which experience shows to be lamentably difficult in real life), the makers of these Dolls had far improved on Nature, who is often froward and perverse; for, they, not resting on such arbitrary marks as satin, cotton-print, and bits of rag, had superadded striking personal differences which allowed of no mistake.
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.
Not only were humans subject to corruption of the senses; far more important to emphasize to a "pelagian" audience was the spiritual loss: "descended of earthly Adam, our mindes are full of darknesse, our wills froward, our affections sensuall, there is none righteous, none understandeth, none seeketh after God.
Participants and stand owners are looking froward to interacting with visitors from a wide range of nationalities before the annual festival comes to an end on Thursday, July 21, 2011.
While misogynist early modern writers such as Joseph Swemam advocate wife beating, declaring, "As a sharp bit curbs froward horse, even so a cursed woman must be roughly used," (52) others, such as the Puritan preacher William Perkins, called for a more restrained approach to spousal correction.
I'm looking froward to teaching journalism as an adjunct at the university of Montana this spring.
Welsh desperately threw themselves forward but consistently let themselves down with sloppy errors when going froward in Moseley's half.
If they do want me, well, it's not a decision that I'm looking froward to taking
As on the contrary, if a man be proud, froward, passionate, what house is good enough?