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From Middle English froward, fraward, equivalent to fro +‎ -ward.

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froward (comparative more froward, superlative most froward)

  1. (archaic, literary) Disobedient, contrary, unmanageable; difficult to deal with; with an evil disposition.
    • 1553 (posth.), Thomas More, A Dialogue of Comfort against Tribulation, Book I, Chapter 14:
      But in the meanwhile, for fear lest if he would wax never the better he would wax much the worse; and from gentle, smooth, sweet, and courteous, might wax angry, rough, froward, and sour, and thereupon be troublous and tedious to the world to make fair weather with; they give him fair words for the while and put him in good comfort, and let him for the rest take his own chance.
    • ca. 1592, William Shakespeare, The Taming of the Shrew, Act I, Scene 2,[1]
      Her only fault,—and that is faults enough,—
      Is, that she is intolerable curst
      And shrewd and froward, so beyond all measure,
      That, were my state far worser than it is,
      I would not wed her for a mine of gold.
    • 1611, King James Version of the Bible, Proverbs 21:8,[2]
      The way of man is froward and strange: but as for the pure, his work is right.
    • 1625, Francis Bacon, "Of Innovation"
      All this is true, if time stood still; which contrariwise moveth so round, that a froward retention of custom, is as turbulent a thing as an innovation []
    • 1816, George Crabb, English Synonymes Explained, London: Baldwin, Cradock and Joy, p. 133,[3]
      A froward child becomes an untoward youth, who turns a deaf ear to all the admonitions of an afflicted parent.
    • 1824 June, [Walter Scott], chapter II, in Redgauntlet, a Tale of the Eighteenth Century. [...] In Three Volumes, volume II, Edinburgh: Printed [by James Ballantyne and Co.] for Archibald Constable and Co.; London: Hurst, Robinson, and Co., OCLC 926803915, page 50:
      The old man [] began to suffer in the body as well as the mind. He had formed the determination of setting out in person for Dumfriesshire, when, after having been dogged, peevish, and snappish to his clerks and domestics, to an unusual and almost intolerable degree, the acrimonious humours settled in a hissing-hot fit of the gout, which is a well-known tamer of the most froward spirits, []
    • 1954, J. R. R. Tolkien, "The Two Towers":
      'I owe much to Eomer,' said Theoden. 'Faithful heart may have froward tongue.'
    • 2007, Peter Marshall, Mother Leakey and the Bishop: A Ghost Story[4], Oxford Univ. Press, →ISBN:
      … which so incensed this old hag that she grew as froward and sullen as the doctor, …
    • c2009, Mary Sidney, “Froward Women”, in Mary Sidney[5], retrieved 2012-08-31:
      However, it does make one wonder — if William Shakespeare were the creator of all these froward, literate, and often powerful women, why did he let his own daughters grow up illiterate?
    • 2012 June 9, Christine, “Forward or Froward”, in Talk Wisdom[6], retrieved 2012-08-31:
      … the Communist/Marxist/Progressive/Globalist meaning of the term "Forward" can more accurately be labeled as Froward. … campaign slogan choice would better resemble the term "Froward" rather than the term "Forward."

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froward

  1. (obsolete) Away from.
    • 1485 July 31, Thomas Malory, “(please specify the chapter)”, in [Le Morte Darthur], (please specify the book number), [London: William Caxton], OCLC 71490786; republished as H[einrich] Oskar Sommer, editor, Le Morte Darthur, London: Published by David Nutt, in the Strand, 1889, OCLC 890162034:
      , Bk.XIII, Ch.xvij:
      Whan Sir Galahad herde hir sey so, he was adrad to be knowyn; and therewith he smote hys horse with his sporys and rode a grete pace froward them.

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