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- (archaic) Disobedient, contrary, unmanageable; difficult to deal with; with an evil disposition.
1592, William Shakespeare, The Taming of the Shrew:
- Her onely fault, and that is faults enough, / Is, that she is intollerable curst, / And shrow'd, and froward, so beyond all measure, / That were my state farre worser then it is, / I would not wed her for a mine of Gold.
- The way of man is froward and strange: but as for the pure, his work is right.
- 1826, George Crabb
- A froward child becomes an untoward youth, who turns a deaf ear to all the admonitions of an afflicted parent.
- 1954, J. R. R. Tolkien, "The Two Towers":
- 'I owe much to Eomer,' said Theoden. 'Faithful heart may have froward tongue.'
c2009, Mary Sidney, “Froward Women”, in Mary Sidney, 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, 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."
Disobedient, contrary, unmanageable
- (obsolete) Away from.