Untoward Un*to"ward, a. [Pref. un- not + toward.] [1913 Webster] 1. Froward; perverse. ``Save yourselves from this untoward generation.'' --Acts ii. 40. [1913 Webster]

2. Awkward; ungraceful. ``Untoward words.'' --Creech. ``Untoward manner.'' --Swift. [1913 Webster]

3. Inconvenient; troublesome; vexatious; unlucky; unfortunate; as, an untoward wind or accident. [1913 Webster] -- {Un*to"ward*ly}, adv. -- {Un*to"ward*ness}, n. [1913 Webster]

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