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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 ?
The lighter sort of malignity, turneth but to a crassness, or frowardness, or aptness to oppose, or difficulties, or the like; but the deeper sort, to envy and mere mischief.
For Bacon, "errors" are deviations from an "ordinary course" resulting from "the perverseness, insolence, and frowardness of matter." (10) The "Night of Errors," clearly, was a night of bodies knocking against one another and barring movement such that the organizers were forced to deviate from their original plans.
Graham wished to hear no more of this parrot-cry of responsibility: if an invaluable opportunity was lost the country through frowardness and ignorance it was of little or no comfort to an injured public to fasten the responsibility upon some particular one of its servants.