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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:
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Chaste women are often proud and froward, as presuming upon the merit of their chastity.
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.
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.
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.
Term times for thousands of schoolchildren across the county could change if parents agree to options being put froward during a public consultation.
The Gunners are yet to meet Borussia Dortmund's financial demands for the Gabon froward however, as the transfer continues to hang in the balance.
We are thoroughly looking froward to praising these organisations that remain a crucial part of Birmingham's business community.
Campaigners are now waiting for the CCG to provide their business case behind the proposals later this month before moving froward with potential legal action.
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Moreover, traditional fishing grounds in Magallanes region includes the following biodiversity conservation and protected areas established by SNASPE (Chilean National Service for Protected Wildlife Areas), from north to south: O'Higgins National Park; Isla Madre de Dios Protected National Asset; Alacalufes National Reserve; Coastal and Marine Protected Area and Francisco Coloane Marine Park; Islote Rupert Protected National Assets, Batchelor River, Carlos Ill Island, Cape Froward, Diego Ramirez Island, San Ildefonso Islands and Caleta Robalo; Alberto D'Agostini National Park; Cape Horn National Park and Cape Horn Biosphere Reserve.
Following the appearance of this report, a Dropbox employee has come froward to confirm the number of affected accounts.
But, all in all, 32nd in the Olympics is an OK result and something to push froward from.